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Saudi Arabia, Russia partner in emerging technologies and digital innovation

14 Oct 2019
Saudi Arabia, Russia partner in emerging technologies and digital innovation

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has exchanged today a technical executive program with the Russian Federation represented by Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media. The program aims at enhancing cooperation in the field of communications and information technology and supporting bilateral digital projects in order to serve the common development goals of the Kingdom and Russia as well as to stimulate promotion of IT companies in the two friendly countries.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology H.E. Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha stated that the technical executive program would serve as a roadmap for digital cooperation, as it includes many areas, primarily Artificial Intelligence, smart cities, e-government services, transfer of knowledge, training and development of digital capabilities, and encouraging investment in technology zones in the two countries.

Minister Al-Swaha also asserted that this digital cooperation is an extension of the unlimited support given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince to the Kingdom's ICT sector, pointing out that cooperation with Russia would expedite digital innovation in specific areas including agriculture, oil and gas, in addition to investment in national cadres and the transfer and localization of digital knowledge.

The executive program was exchanged on the sidelines of Russian President Vladimir Putin's current visit to the kingdom. It came at a time when the ICT sector is witnessing major transformations led by the Kingdom's Vision 2030, aimed at building a digital society, a digital government and a thriving digital economy, which requires an active ecosystem of active companies to serve its ambitious goals.

Minister of ICT MCIT Ministry of ICT Saudi Arabia Russia AI Smart Cities digital transformation ICT IT Vision 2030

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