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Oman, Saudi to sign ICT agreement

13 Sep 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman and Saudi Arabia will sign a bilateral cooperation agreement in communications and information technology sector in October, said an announcement on Monday.

The agreement will cover aspects of investment cooperation in emerging technologies, communications, future skills, and regulatory policies related to communications and information technology.
The announcement was made on the first day of a three-day joint workshop on digital economy between Oman and Saudi Arabia that started in Muscat on Monday.

Organised by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, the workshop aims to strengthen cooperation, explore joint initiatives and exchange expertise and experiences between the two countries.
H E Dr Ali bin Amer al Shidhani, Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology in the ministry, delivered the opening speech, in which he stressed the importance of the digital economy, and reviewed various indicators and initiatives in the field in the sultanate.

“The workshop offers a platform to exchange experiences and best practices in the field of digital economy and to discuss various aspects of cooperation and joint projects between the two countries in this field,” H E Shidhani said.

While pointing out that Oman and Saudi Arabia enjoy different competitive advantages, H E Shidhani said “there are opportunities for cooperation in the field of training and rehabilitation, technology startups and best practices in legislation and laws in the communications and information technology sector”.

Dr Ibrahim bin Mahmoud Babli, undersecretary for Planning and Vision Realisation, in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia, said that the workshop aims to develop a plan to activate the bilateral cooperation agreement between the two ministries to be signed in October in the communications and information technology sector.

The three-day workshop includes four joint working sessions in the communications and information technology sector – the first dealing with the laws and legislation, the second session reviewing initiatives to build capabilities and technical skills of the future. The third session will discuss digital transformation projects, infrastructure and digital platforms, while the fourth will shed light on investment in emerging e-commerce.

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