Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have signed a MoU to enable the national cadre in ICT and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector to push the growth and development of the kingdom, and achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.
The MoU also establishes an agreement between Huawei and MCIT to further develop its innovation centre in the Kingdom to include Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies designed to support Saudi entrepreneurship.
From 2018 to 2020, 1,500 Saudis will undergo training from Huawei in skills related to ICT across the board. Two of the programmes, the Future Leaders Programme and the National Industrial Training Institute Programme, will end with full-time employment for every trainee. Huawei will also provide awareness programmes to be delivered through VSIC visits as well as its innovative and effective ICT Skill Competition, which should reach an additional 5,000 students and trainees.
The further joint developments to Huawei’s existing Customer Solution Integration and Innovation Experience Centre (CSIC) facility will focus on the development and utilisation of AI and IoT technologies in enabling the Kingdom’s entrepreneurs.
H.E. Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology said: “We are proud of the accomplishments our past MoUs with Huawei have resulted in. We will now strive to accomplish the activities mentioned in this agreement, as it enables us to further empower the Saudi people, and assist them to build a Kingdom that is leading, regionally and globally, when it comes to the frontiers of the digital transformation.”
Mark Xue, Vice President of Huawei, said: “We are in a crucial and exciting moment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s journey towards digital transformation. We have long maintained an approach that is designed to assist and enable the Kingdom’s capabilities and enhance their collective knowledge and expertise in all areas of ICT in order to help them achieve their NTP 2020 and Vision 2030 goals.
“With robust and comprehensive training programmes and expanded facilities that will offer world-class AI and IoT technologies, we are confident that our partnership with the MCIT will be a great service to the Saudi people and the Kingdom as a whole.”
Huawei brought its global Seeds for the Future training programme to Saudi Arabia three years ago in collaboration with the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in order to develop the next generation of ICT talent.