H E Said bin Hamoud bin Said al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, opened COMEX 2021 virtually on Sunday under the slogan ‘Digital Transformation and Accelerated Adoption of the Future of Artificial Intelligence’.
The exhibition opened with the participation of around 80 private sector firms, ten government institutions and a few international companies.
The exhibition aims to highlight the main trends and updates in the field of information and communication technology around the world, besides introducing digital transformation initiatives, digital services and products.
“The ministry seeks to have a pivotal role in Oman Vision 2040 by building a thriving digital economy through the implementation of a number of national projects and initiatives, such as digital transformation initiatives in government and economic sectors, artificial intelligence initiatives and stimulating emerging, small, medium and large companies. Additionally, the ministry is also finding income-generating opportunities, supporting technical innovation and attracting technical investments from both inside and outside Oman,” H E Ma’awali said.
“These efforts will help complete the digitisation process of government services. The ministry is also working in cooperation with various entities to define the strategic direction for a thriving digital economy in line with Oman Vision 2040.”
The minister informed that the sultanate was ranked 24th internationally in the United Nations e-government survey for 2020, second among Gulf and Arab countries in the e-services development index, and 50th internationally in the e-government development index.
The sultanate ranked 44th among a total of 134 countries in 2020 in the International Cyber Security Readiness Index, and 16th among 175 countries in network readiness.
“The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, in cooperation with all government institutions, has prepared an integrated national plan for government digital transformation. The plan takes into account the future trends and ambitions of the sultanate to complete the digitisation of government services and benefit from employing emerging technologies in enabling and developing the work environment in the public sector, too. The ministry works in cooperation with various entities to define the strategic direction for a digital economy to keep pace with Oman Vision 2040,” H E Ma’awali said.
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