The newly appointed Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MoTCIT), Dr Ali bin Amer al Shidhani has said that the ministry keeps in mind the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik. He has indicated keen interest in facilitating service delivery to citizens and businesses and accelerating the steps of completing the implementation of eGovernment strategy, putting them as top priorities of the ministry’s business plan.
Dr Shidhani said, “His Majesty the Sultan’s attention to the role of communications and information technology sector in supporting and promoting social and economic development has been evident since his first speech in February. His Majesty the Sultan’s messages were focused on encouraging innovation, employing artificial intelligence and advanced technologies, and providing young people with the future skills to enable them to contribute to building the nation and progressing its prosperity.
“His Majesty the Sultan also stressed that the government will follow up the progress of this aspect. Therefore, we, at the ministry, will review and reevaluate all strategies, plans and projects, and will set clear and specific goals and action programmes to accelerate the digital transformation and complete the implementation of eGovernment.”
Dr Shidhani added that the directives of His Majesty the Sultan to provide computers to higher education students from the social security segment and those with low income, and the government’s rapid endeavour to deliver communication and Internet services to 598 villages and rural areas in the sultanate during this year, confirm His Majesty the Sultan’s interest to empower all citizens of the nation with technical services and knowledge.
“The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology will work side by side with all partners in the communications and information technology sector to improve the quality of the services to meet the needs of citizens and the strategic sectors.”
Dr Shidhani said that the ministry’s competencies in relation to the advanced technologies came as a translation of His Majesty the Sultan’s vision of moving forward to grasp the science and skills of future, and enhancing the use of advanced technologies and employing them to improve the competitive capabilities of the national economy.
This comes in line with the Oman Vision 2040, which considers this sector as a supporter and enabler of economic sectors.