Providing for establishing innovation hub and accelerating digital solutions
Ministry of Communications concludes collaboration memo with Devoteam Group
In a move to create a digital environment that embraces, develops and captures Saudi minds and skills in digital transformation, and to promote the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT sector, with a view to boost the development process in Saudi Arabia and achieving the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) signed a memorandum of collaboration with Devoteam Group yesterday in Riyadh at MCIT’s headquarters. This memorandum comes.
The memorandum was signed by Dr. Ahmed Al-Thenayyan, Deputy Minister for Technology Industry and Digital Capacities in behalf of the MCIT, and Mr. Osama Al-Ghoul, Deputy CEO of Devoteam for Mideast and Turkey, in the presence of Mr. Stanislas de Bentzmann, Co-founder and CEO of Devoteam Group and Mr. Abdullah Amarah, Executive Partner and Director-General of Devoteam Saudi Arabia.
The memorandum is aimed at establishing an innovation hub to be the gateway for provision of digital transformation services within Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East. The innovation hub will be working to create high-quality jobs and training opportunities to develop the talents of undergraduates in support of localization programs within the framework for the Vision 2030. In addition, it will serve as a hub for entrepreneurs in the industry by supporting and motivating innovative digital business models.
Furthermore, the memorandum included initiatives for the development of human capital in the ICT sector through training and qualifying national cadres in the modern ICT fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things as well as the creation of quality jobs in the ICT sector, contributing to boosting the advancement and development process in Saudi Arabia and the achieving the objectives of Vision 2030, together with supporting digital transformation programs in the Kingdom through a central entity, and providing the innovation hub’s services and digital solutions.
With a view to actively enhance investment in the development of digital skills within the Kingdom, the agreement provided for several axes, including training and qualifying national cadres in the modern ICT fields, and raising the level of digital awareness to drive the process of development and advancement in the Kingdom as well as the realization of Vision 2030. Under the MoU, MCIT and Huawei will tap a package of programs aimed at attracting youth and investment to enable them to enter the labor market in the ICT sector. Huawei will provide training opportunities for 1,500 Saudi male and female youths in various fields, in addition to opportunities for more than 5,000 stakeholders in the ICT sector by 2020. The agreement also targets creating an environment that incubates innovation and entrepreneurship, through developing an innovation center geared to supporting entrepreneurs, in order to provide an environment conducive to competing in the provision of innovative solutions in the modern areas of technology, i.e. Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Big Data, thus putting up a fertile environment for the development and support of national talent.
In this respect, Dr. Al-Thenayyan stated that the strategic partnership with Devoteam Group comes within the work plan and objectives of the MCIT’s 2020 initiatives, which include building an attractive digital environment that embraces, develops and captures minds and skills in digital transformation, and supports and promotes the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICTs and modern technologies. Al-Thenayyan also indicated that investing in and empowering national cadres are key success pillars for ensuring the continued development and entrepreneurship in the Kingdom. Furthermore, he indicated that MCIT is seeking to engage in partnerships with many actors in the public and private sectors to ensure integration, cooperation and consolidation of efforts in achieving the objectives of the Vision 2030.
For his part, Mr. Stanislas de Bentzmann, Co-founder and CEO of Devoteam Group, said, "As a leading company in digital transformation and business consulting, Devoteam has been proud to partner with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology over the last two decades." Bentzmann added that the transformation of the Kingdom within the Vision 2030 requires all partners to provide support in order to promote the culture of innovation and enable national cadres to lead the digital transformation in the Kingdom. He also noted that Devoteam has recently launched the global initiative of ‘KnowledgeUp’ in line with its social responsibility programs in 20 countries around the world, aimed at promoting development of digital and entrepreneurial competencies worldwide and within Saudi Arabia, and geared specifically to support the Vision 2030 as well as enriching programs of digital transformation and local digital capacities according to the best international practices.