«Al Jazeera» – Economy:
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM, a leading company in digital technology, to qualify 100,000 young men and women over five years, through eight future agreements. As part of innovative initiatives aimed at expanding the Kingdom. The Middle East and Northern Region position it as an important center for technology and innovation in Africa. The agreement was signed during the visit of the President of the United States of America to the Kingdom, where the memorandum was signed by Issam Al-Thukair, Under Secretary for International Cooperation and Partnership, and Fahd, General Manager, IBM Saudi Arabia. Saad Touma in the presence of Al-Anizi, His Excellency Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Inji Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, President Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jonathan Adashek, General Manager IBM Middle East and Africa, and IBM Saudi Investments Managing Partner of Dina Abu Anak. The Under-Secretary of International Cooperation and Partnership stressed that in addition to enabling the opportunities provided by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and through a future framework agreement, IBM will provide national resources in various technical fields, according to the World Economic Forum. The program to train and develop competencies to increase the digital capabilities of 100,000 Saudis over a five-year period will enhance the leadership of the Kingdom, which ranks ninth globally in the field of digital capabilities. , The memorandum also includes implementation of initiatives, including artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives, initiatives in cyber security and joint research, innovation accelerators, a policy laboratory, the addition of IBM Cloud and an open technology center with software interoperability. For his part, IBM Saudi Arabia’s General Manager Fahad Al-Aniji said: Our collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will help the Kingdom learn and participate in the creation and development of innovative applications to provide access to advanced technology . In line with the Vision 2030 objectives, and our programs also reinforce IBM’s commitment to developing skills. The future of the Kingdom in critical areas where the use of technologies is essential. It is expected that the number of artificial intelligence projects to be implemented with entities operating in the public sector will reach approximately 66 projects, and the memorandum aims, within five years, to be implemented by government agencies based on the design thinking method. and will train 600 public sector employees in the accelerator to be implemented. Created under the Memorandum. The two sides will work together to conduct a number of joint research and studies that will enhance the digital transformation process, Contributes to the efforts of both sides to accelerate the development of the digital economy, serve the country and the citizen, and strengthen the Kingdom’s position as the largest digital economy in the Middle East and North Africa, and the region. Has the highest concentration of abilities.