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On the sidelines of the Fourth World Internet Conference

Saudi Arabia, China herald “Digital Silk Road” initiative

11 Dec 2017
Saudi Arabia, China herald “Digital Silk Road” initiative

Represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the Kingdom participated at The 4th World Internet Conference, recently organized by the China National Space Administration and the Government of Zhejiang Province in Wuxin City, east China. The event featured leading figures from governments and international organizations concerned with the technical sector, as well as the relevant NGOs. The Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, Dr. Mohammed Al-Mushaiqeh, headed the MCIT’s delegation to the conference, which focused on reviewing many topics related to the Internet such as digital economy, advanced technology and cyber space governance.

During his speech at the conference, Dr. Al-Mushaiqeh stressed the importance of the conference and the relevant scientific developments reviewed in it, praising China's various technological achievements. He also pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embarked on implementing the desired social and economic transformation led by Vision 2030 to bring about radical changes in many aspects of life leading to entrepreneurship in all aspects, and stated that the Saudi leadership is moving forward in empowering the youth who represent the mainstay of the Saudi society and 70% of the workforce, by developing their talents and setting up innovation labs throughout the Kingdom.

Al-Mushaiqeh noted that the Kingdom's position as the heart of the Arabic and Islamic worlds, as well as its leading investment capabilities and strategic geographical location, have granted it unique advantages, calling on the attendees to benefit from this by working to strengthen partnerships to transfer knowledge and enhance progress in the field of technology on which the Kingdom relies as a source in the knowledge and economy. He then touched on the rapid transformation taking place in the Kingdom in the area of communications and information technology, highliting the future city of NEOM, indicating that it will be the focus of artificial intelligence, automation, manufacturing and renewable energy in the world.

Before the launch of the conference, the Saudi delegation paid a visit to the Huawei Research Center in Shanghai to learn about the latest technologies in infrastructure and smart cities in addition to the Chinese experience in enabling the digital economy in the closed zones.

On the sidelines of the conference, the Saudi delegation held a meeting with the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), headed by the NDRC’s Vice-Chairman, Mr. Nian Xu. The two sides discussed the mechanism to activate the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed in January 2016 that had been entitled "Promoting the development of the Digital Silk Road". The meeting addressed several topics, including areas of collaboration in the digital sector and electronic commerce, and reviewed the Chinese experience in building smart cities.

It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding with China in Riyadh between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China. In Beijing, the two parties also signed an executive program for promoting the development of the Silk Road, which aims to enhance collaboration between the two countries in coordination with government agencies and companies, in addition to the construction of the Digital Silk Road for e-commerce between the two countries. The program includes selection of three cities from the both countries and construction of technical exchange platforms, as well as collaboration in the fields of human capital development and training, in the ICT-related areas such as Internet networks (broadband), satellite services, cyber security, digital content, cloud computing, in the ICT human resources development, and in training and education. It also includes exchange of experiences to qualify ICT human resources and support to cooperation between the two parties in the relevant organization, such as the ITU, universities and companies.
 

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