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To enhance investment in digital skills development

Ministry of Communications inks agreement with Huawei for qualifying 1,500 youths in various technological fields

19 Apr 2018
Ministry of Communications inks agreement with Huawei for qualifying 1,500 youths in various technological fields
Ministry of Communications inks agreement with Huawei for qualifying 1,500 youths in various technological fields

Proceeding toward building a digital environment that embraces, develops and captures Saudi minds and skills in digital transformation, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei Tech. Investment have signed a memorandum of understanding in Riyadh today, xx/04/2018. The MoU is aimed at empowering youths in the ICT sector, boosting the development process in Saudi Arabia and achieving the objectives of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.
 
​This MoU has been signed by Dr. Ahmed Al-Thenayyan, Deputy Minister for Technology Industry and Digital Capacities, and Mr. Dongliang Zhang (Dennis Chang), Huawei Saudi Chief Executive Officer. The signing took place at MCIT’s headquarters in the presence of His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Mark Xue, Deputy CEO of Huawei Tech. Investment and Huawei Global Vice President.

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, with a view 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 regard, Dr. Al-Thenayyan pointed out that the strategic partnership with Huawei 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 stated 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.
 

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