In a move aimed at boosting the development and advancement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, developing human capital capacities, increasing job opportunities in the ICT sector and achieving the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030, implementing its initiatives, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming (SFCSB). The MoU was signed by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al-Thenayan, Deputy Minister for the Technology Industry and Digital Capacities, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, Vice-President of the SFCSB. It is aimed at developing training programs to support the capacity building for Saudi cadres in the field of communications and information technology and participating in the establishment of training programs and fellowships with local and international institutions, as well as organizing and holding competitions and events for supporting and qualifying national competencies in programming and cybersecurity. It also aims to encourage young people and girls to become professional in programming and cybersecurity, and develop awareness-raising programs that target increasing the society’s awareness of cybersecurity and programming. The MoU also includes a clause providing for the establishment of an ecosystem sponsoring developers and technology entrepreneurs.
In a comment, Dr. Al-Thunayan pointed that the signing of the MoU with the SFCSB came from the joint collaboration and understanding of the technical needs and priorities. He also stated the ministry's keen efforts to develop and localize the ICT sector in the Kingdom through integrating efforts with sister and relevant entities.
For the partnerships with the public and private sectors, Al-Thunayan said that the ministry is working on concluding partnerships with many agencies to ensure integration, collaboration and unifying efforts within the implementation of the Vision 2030’s objectives. He noted that that the Ministry's 2020 work plan focuses on developing human capital capacities and increasing employment opportunities in the ICT sector, through the creation of 20 thousand jobs in the sector, and the training and qualification of 20 thousand national cadres. He also commended the role of the SFCSB in building, qualifying and supporting the national capacities in the fields of cybersecurity, programming and enriching the aspects of knowledge and technology.