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Pact signed to set up open source Centre of Excellence

14 Dec 2020

Oman, represented by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT), on Monday signed an agreement with Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, to operate a free and open source Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the sultanate. 

The ministry stated that this is the first of its kind centre in the Middle East and signing of the agreement came based on the memorandum of understanding signed by the two parties in December 2019. 

The agreement was signed by H E Dr Ali bin Amur al Shidhani, Undersecretary for Communications and IT in MTCIT, and Sanjeev Tayal, vice president and business head, Middle East, Wipro Limited.

The signing ceremony saw the participation of officials from oil and gas, banking, communications and IT sectors. 

Under the agreement, the ministry and Wipro will collaborate to build, deploy and sustain the CoE as well as accelerate adoption of open source technologies in the public and private sectors of Oman and the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

The CoE will focus on building a talent base of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) graduates specialising in open source capabilities through comprehensive training and skill development programmes. 

It will encourage co-innovation by collaborating with local and regional industries in Oman and contribute to its in-country value (ICV). The ministry will work with Wipro to develop solutions and services leveraging open source technologies to enable digital transformation, connected everything/ industry 4.0, legacy modernisation, artificial intelligence, cloud native architecture for the education, etc.

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