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Minister of ICT, Indonesia’s counterpart discuss bolstering digital cooperation

04 Jul 2019
Minister of ICT, Indonesia’s counterpart discuss bolstering digital cooperation
Minister of ICT, Indonesia’s counterpart discuss bolstering digital cooperation

In order to promote cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Indonesia in the digital field, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology H.E. Abdullah Al-Swaha has held talks with his Indonesian counterpart H.E. Rudiantara, who is currently on a visit to the Kingdom.
 
The visit comes within the framework of the Ministry's efforts to collaborate in ICT areas with many friendly and important countries in order to create meaningful and fruitful partnerships that contribute to developing the ICT sector and achieving the desired digital transformation. This is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aimed at building a digital society, a digital government, and a thriving digital economy.
 
H.E. Abdullah Al-Swaha said, “The Saudi-Indonesian talks discussed means to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of communications and information technology as well as opportunities for joint investment in the digital field.” “We also reviewed investment opportunities in the ICT sector and promising opportunities and partnerships in the Hajj and Umrah sector, in addition to establishing technology accelerators in the Saudi market and investing in Indonesia's startups, with a view to achieving growth and prosperity for the ICT sector in the two sisterly countries,” Al-Swaha added.
 
During the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its Indonesian counterpart (Kominfo) with the aim to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the fields of communication and information technology, exchange ICT knowledge, support and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, develop human capital and disseminate digital awareness, thus achieving technical development and expansion in the ICT markets to the benefit of the two countries.
 
Several workshops were held with the participation of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Hajj, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monsha'at). The workshops discussed ICT investment opportunities and reviewed Wadi Makkah Company’s technological efforts in Hajj and Umrah and harnessing technology to help Hajj and Umrah pilgrims. Solutions for Umrah by Traveloka and Tokopedia were also presented, and investment opportunities in the Kingdom's tourism areas were explored.
 
During his visit to the Kingdom, the Indonesian minister H.E. Rudiantara and the accompanying delegation visited King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Misk Foundation, where he discussed ways to promote mutual cooperation and exchange of technical knowledge and expertise, and support for training and human capital development in technical and digital skills.
 
The meeting was attended by H.E. Vice Minister of Communications and Information Technology Eng. Haitham Al-Ohali, President of Saudi Post Eng. Anef Abanomai , Deputy Minister of Technology and Digital Capacities Development Dr. Ahmed Al-Thenayyan, Deputy Minister of Planning and Development Dr. Munir Al-Desouki, and CEO of National Digital Transformation Unit (NDU) Dr. Essam Al-Wagait.
 
The meeting was also attended by high-profile officials from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Monsha'at, SAGIA, Wadi Makkah Company for Technology, Elm Company, and a number of officials of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia.

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