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Upon launching the ministry’s new orientations

Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization

13 Mar 2018
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization
Minister of Communications: Industrie 0.4 enabler for Vision 2030 realization

His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha pointed out that the fourth industrial revolution (Industrie 0.4) taking place today would be a key enabler of achieving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and indicated that it requires everyone to create new business models and execution mechanisms that appeal to  the new rules of global competitiveness based on the shift from focusing on assets and expertise to total dependence on the new oil, namely ‘data and artificial intelligence (AI)’, and creation of the new engine, ‘youth and entrepreneurship’.

This came during the large-scale launch ceremony held on yesterday Monday, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, where the Minister launched the New Strategy Orientations under the theme "Enabling Saudi Arabia to seize opportunities offered by the digital era and be at the forefront of leading innovative countries." The ministry's senior officials and personnel, as well as a group of experts, professionals and leaders of the ICT sector participated in the launch event.

In his speech, the minister reviewed the results of a questionnaire carried out by him immediately after assuming the portfolio of the ministry, noting that 80% of 40,000 comments on Twitter at the time saw that the focus should include three elements: “infrastructure; incubating digital environment that attracts brilliant minds and skilled people; and enriching and stimulating digital culture aimed at building a generation of entrepreneurs."

On those three pillars, Eng. Al-Swaha highlighted that the ministry has acted immediately to respond to the relevant demands after studying them and achieved advanced results, adding that the service was delivered to approximately 300,000 households through fiber-optic, reaching about 30%. He also added that that ministry is aspiring to make broadband access available for over 2 million new facilities by 2020.

With regard to the last two pillars, Al-Swaha stated that more than 300,000 students and 9,000 teachers have been trained on the new digital world’s skills and software, and in culture new business models have been stimulated using open data in order to provide economic impact in billions of riyals.
 
In terms of digital culture, the "FekraTech" platform was launched to address the challenges of the health sector and received 4,000 ideas, wherefrom 15 entrepreneur models were selected and adopted to address the current and future challenges in the digital health.

On the ministry's aspirations for digital transformation, Al-Swaha illustrated that they include: enabling a paperless digital government and ministries without visits, stimulating digital society, digital health, digital education and digital cities, accessing digital economy and industry based-on the Industrie 4.0 and digital experimentation. In the same context,  Al-Swaha noted that work is proceeding to accomplish the pillars of digital transformation with support and assistance of the ICT sector’d partners in order to digitize the government by 70% to be paperless.

Concluding his speech, the Minister Al-Sawah expressed his hopes for the digital transformation partners to accelerate their efforts to digitize all transactions, congratulating the Ministry of the Interior -represented in "Absher" program for their continuous successes that have saved time and effort. At the same time, he lauded the efforts of a number of ministries in adapting technology to serve their customers and beneficiaries of services.

Then, the Minister inaugurated “Raqmi” platform that will be supervised by the National Committee for Digital Transformation. Raqmi is designed to ensure the highest economic and social impact of digital transformation projects and initiatives in all sectors in partnership with the private sector and entrepreneurs, thus linking the Kingdom digitally and upgrading the level of services and electronic platforms, as well as developing digital skills and raising the engagement of the private sector and entrepreneurs in the implementation of digital transformation projects with a view to create an active digital community, effective e-government, and a competitive digital economy.

It is worth mentioning that the new orientations have been designed according to several basic principles, including putting the interest of the citizen at the top of the priorities, in addition to encouraging and supporting the collective efforts and the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship in the Saudi society in order to realize the desired digital society and develop public services, aiming to strengthen the position of the ICT ecosystem as a leader in the process of digital transformation in the Kingdom. Through its four pillars, which include, among other things, the establishment and development of the digital infrastructure necessary for the development and advancement of the IT sector and the empowerment of users, companies and government entities through supporting human capabilities and developing the technology industry, besides achieving digital transformation through the development of a strong digital base characterized by digitized sectors and open data, and innovation in the government services to let it become one of the most innovative governments worldwide.

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