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Saudi Arabia, Japan ink agreement to boost ICT collaboration

09 Jun 2019
Saudi Arabia, Japan ink agreement to boost ICT collaboration

​The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia signed today a memorandum of cooperation with Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The memorandum is aimed at strengthening cooperation between the Kingdom and Japan in the field of communications and information technology, with a view to achieving further development and growth of the ICT sector in both countries.

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology H.E. Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha for the Saudi party and the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications H.E. Masatoshi Ishida for the Japanese party, in the presence of a number of officials from both parties. This came during the participation of Minister Al-Swaha in the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, in preparation for the G20 Leaders Summit hosted by Japan in Osaka on 28 and 29 June 2019.

H.E. Al-Swaha said the agreement focuses on several key areas, including the development of human capital, improving the quality of the digital infrastructure, supporting the IT industry, and investing in innovation and emerging technologies.

Al-Swaha indicated the importance of human capital development as the cornerstone of the comprehensive development process, noting that the ministry is keen to qualify the Saudi youth and develop their technical skills. He also pointed out that the agreement would exchange visits between experts and specialists in the two countries, organize joint symposiums, conferences, work sessions and encourage holding many ICT-related activities in order to exchange knowledge, expertise and experiences with a view to achieving the ambitions and aspirations of both countries.

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