Qatar focuses on innovative technologies to enhance R&D; Minister

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti has stated that the country pays great attention on enhancing the positive use of innovative technology to boost research and development (R&D), and increase competitiveness in order to keep up with the latest digital skills.

Mr. Sulaiti said, at the remote High-Level UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity, that Qatar has made remarkable progress in digital transformation and developing its information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti
HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti
Minister of Transport & Communications

“Qatar extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to the president of the General Assembly for holding this meeting on a top priority topic, particularly during this critical time where the world continues to suffer under the burden of the coronavirus pandemic, a juncture that has demonstrated the urgent need and critical importance of electronic connectivity and the digital technology’s significant contribution to facing the pandemic and efforts to plug the digital gap. Based on the huge potential and opportunities from digital technology, Qatar’s investment in this domain has helped provide innovative and flexible solutions that did enable the country to take immediate and effective measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and lessen its impact. They also helped ensure the availability of public services remotely, uninterruptedly, effectively and efficiently.”

“Given the fast-paced nature of ICT, the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Qatar, through its various programs and initiatives such as Smart Qatar Programme (TASMU) and the Qatar Digital Government, is building a robust and safe sector that contributes to boosting a diversified national economy, building up a digital society where all individuals have equal opportunity to access the technology and keep pace with digital skills, ending with building a smart Qatar,” Qatari minister added.

Qatar Science and Technology Park, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development and a leading incubation hub for innovative technology projects, is also supporting research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as per Mr. Sulaiti. It has further aided Qatar’s ability to compete in the field of technology.

Mr. Sulaiti commented, “In the context of the vital role of technology and using it to achieve the sustainable development plan for 2030 for the benefit of all and in light of the importance of digital cooperation to achieve this goal, Qatar stresses the importance of the UN Secretary-Generals Roadmap on Digital Cooperation, which represents a firm foundation to address the gaps of universal digital cooperation and to capture the opportunities offered by technology. Qatar appreciates and backs the work undertaken by the high-level team concerned with digital cooperation.”

Furthermore, he noted that Qatar will make every effort to highlight the benefits of using innovative technology and digital transformation to build a human-centric, inclusive, development-driven information society and to support efforts to achieve inclusive sustainable development.

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