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“The Founder King’s historical saga led to the establishment of a strong civilized state,” says Minister of ICT

22 Sep 2018
“The Founder King’s historical saga led to the establishment of a strong civilized state,” says Minister of ICT

On the occasion of the 88th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, extended his sincere congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, as well as to all the members of the Royal Family and the dear Saudi people.

"The anniversary of the glorious National Day is a precious occasion for the people of this blessed country to remember with full pride the historical saga made by the Founder King Abdulaziz Al Saud –may Allah bless his soul– and his great achievements,” Said Eng. Al-Swaha.  He also said that the noble successors, sons of Late King Abdul Aziz, followed him with a wise vision and a sound approach toward the foundation of a strong civilized state that united under the banner of eternal unification, building a cohesive society characterized by love and harmony and a nation proud of the development and growth that is increasing year after year.”

Al-Swaha stressed that the Kingdom has continued to develop and grow with a clear vision at a steady pace and ambitious strategic plans at all levels under the wise leadership since establishment until this glorious era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and HRH the Crown Prince, indicating that the Kingdom is paying careful attention and growing interest in all sectors of the country including the ICT sector.

The Minister emphasized that the Kingdom has achieved great success in the deployment of ICT services, despite its large and vast area, stating that the telecommunications sector since the establishment of the first Directorate of PTT in 1926 has accomplished continuous advancement and concrete development until it reached advanced stages of quality and reliability, to be currently one of the most important sources supporting the economic, cultural and developmental sectors in the Kingdom.

In addition, the Minister expressed his pride in the quantum leap achieved by the ICT sector in a short period, where the Ministry has recently succeeded, in partnership with the private sector, in delivering fiber optic Internet service to 600,000 homes, doubling Internet speed and providing access for villages and hamlets to basic services. He noted that the major achievements made by the Kingdom in the ICT field contributed to a huge head start in this vital and important sector, positioning the Kingdom at the forefront and in the ranks of developed countries in this area.

Furthermore, he said that the Ministry would continue its efforts and harness all financial and human potential to attain further development in this sector through the launch of ambitious plans and creative initiatives such as the deployment of telecom and wireless broadband services in remote areas in partnership with the private sector to expedite deployment of wireless telecom networks and high-speed wireless broadband (at 10+ Mbps speeds) in order to cover more than 70% of homes in villages and hamlets by 2020, thus helping to build an ambitious digital nation.

“Highly motivated people will not be satisfied with nothing but the rise to the sky and don’t see a place worthy of his homeland other that above the clouds." He added that this national feeling of full pride was announced by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the developer of the Vision 2030, an ambitious vision of a comprehensive renaissance geared for making the Kingdom stronger, more modern and adapting to modern life,” Al-Swaha said, marking Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. He highlighted that the Vision 2030 was based on key pillars aimed at building a vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious homeland, explaining that it includes the National Transformation Program 2020 that was developed to achieve the strategic goals of the Vision, which entrusted to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology that strategic goal of achieving a digital society, a digital government and a prosperous digital economy, and ultimately better future for the Kingdom.

Al-Swaha pointed out that to reach these goals, the Ministry has supported the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship in the Saudi society, building and developing the digital infrastructure necessary to develop and promote the IT sector, and empowering users, companies and government agencies through enhancing human capacities and developing the technology industry, with a view to lay a strong digital foundation characterized by digitized sectors, open data, and innovative government services to let the Saudi government be in the vanguard of innovation to deliver high-value digital services in a smooth and easy way.

The Minister lauded the technological leapfrogs in employing technology in all fields and the consolidated efforts to reach the desired goal of empowering an ambitious digital homeland. In this regard, he marked the success of the largest Hackathon challenge in the Middle East, the Hajj Hackathon held recently in Jeddah, which proved to the whole world that the Kingdom has a strong infrastructure, qualified national cadres, and a promising youth, able to adapt the technology to serve Hajj pilgrims. He stated that the Ministry has prepared a comprehensive program on digital culture to get the maximum benefit from technology, such as the initiatives entitled ‘FekraTech’ and ‘Attaa’; the latter was launched recently to spread the culture of creative digital giving and volunteering in order to enrich the Arabic technical content to keep abreast of the global technical content. In addition, he underlined the importance of these initiatives as incentives to motivate people with digital skills and to disseminate knowledge to all members of the society so as to take advantage of technical means to facilitate life, improve performance efficiency and increase productivity.

Concluding his speech, the Minister Al-Swaha asked Allah The Almighty to save the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, and HRH the Crown Prince –may Allah bless them– and to preserve the Kingdom's security and stability and protect it from all evils, as well as to recelebrate this precious anniversary with our country blessed and enjoying more pride and progress.

Minister of ICT Ministry of ICT Vision 2030 National Transformation Program 2020

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