Saudi Ministerial Delegation Meets with Major US Tech Companies

Saudi Arabia promotes entrepreneurship and digital economy in the communications and information sector (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Arabia promotes entrepreneurship and digital economy in the communications and information sector (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Ministerial Delegation Meets with Major US Tech Companies

Saudi Arabia promotes entrepreneurship and digital economy in the communications and information sector (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Arabia promotes entrepreneurship and digital economy in the communications and information sector (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is holding meetings with major US technology companies and innovation and space centers.

Minister Abdullah al-Swaha and the accompanying delegation will launch Thursday a series of meetings with the US companies to boost the Kingdom's leading role as a regional center in the Middle East and North Africa.

The meetings aim to consolidate Saudi Arabia's leading position as a technology and innovation hub and attract investments to the Kingdom by establishing strategic partnerships that promote and develop the digital economy, innovation, and space economy, in line with Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabia has ranked second globally among the G20 countries in the Digital Competitiveness Report for 2021 issued by the European Center for Digital Competitiveness.

The Kingdom seeks to boost communication and relations with developed countries in the field, including the US.

Saudi Arabia said it is adopting a package of initiatives and investments at the LEAP conference, which it hosted last February.

It is determined to continue building its digital economy and transform it into an innovation-based economy, expanding the impact to serve humanity and preserve the planet.

The Kingdom continues to establish partnerships with many entities and sectors to accelerate innovation in the communications and information technology sector, enhance technical research and digital education, and sponsor digital innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems to achieve the goals of Vision 2030.

Recently, the Ministry launched the National Center for Emerging Network Technologies, following a strategic partnership between King Saud University and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Powered by Huawei, this new center aims to develop 5G applications and identify frameworks for developing local talent, to enhance the country's position as the most innovative country in the region.

The two parties aim to develop 5G applications, identify frameworks for developing local talent, enhance the Kingdom's position as the leading and most innovative country in the region, and work towards serving common interests and goals.

The center will help raise awareness of 5G technologies and its expanding set of applications, support local talent in this field, and strengthen 5G cybersecurity.

It will provide a platform to develop digital trust, enhance digital infrastructure, adopt emerging technologies, advance smart cities, foster digital capabilities and skills, and digital innovation.



AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
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AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef stressed on Tuesday that the Kingdom has proven its strength in the field of mining, becoming a major global player in the field.

It is forging ahead in developing its mining sector as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy, he said during his participation in a roundtable meeting organized by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo during his official visit to Brazil.

The roundtable was attended by several leading figures in the mineral wealth sector.

AlKhorayef said mining is a global issue that demands international leadership and cooperation given its importance in pushing forward the energy transition across the world.

“The Kingdom recognizes that global mineral production challenges require collective leadership,” he added.

“Our strategy for real progress is rooted in collaboration, and while we maintain our ambitious goals, we focus on forging strong partnerships worldwide,” he stressed.

“Mineral production transcends economic value; it embodies the potential of our country and people. With our rich resources, skilled workforce, and exceptional investment opportunities, the Kingdom is poised for transformative growth,” he went on to say.

Moreover, AlKhorayef highlighted the fourth edition of the International Mining and Resources Conference, set to take place in Riyadh in January, saying it has become the most important platform for discussing opportunities, issues, and solutions in the global mining sector.

The minister said Saudi Arabia’s national industry strategy aims to diversify 12 main sectors and provide job opportunities at over 800 projects that are worth a trillion riyals.

Furthermore, the minister said Saudi Arabia was seeking to “revolutionize the pharmaceutical sector, with a target to localize 80-90% of insulin production and attract top-tier investments in healthcare.”

He highlighted the Kingdom’s wealth of natural resources and human capital, major investment opportunities and modern infrastructure.

AlKhorayef kicked off his visit to Brazil on July 22. He is later set to visit Chile.