Qatar PSA to leverage Microsoft’s capabilities for digital transformation

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Officials from PSA & Microsoft at MoU signing ceremony

The Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA), the governmental source for statistics in Qatar, and tech giant, Microsoft have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining joint cooperation between the two parties in a bid to support the digital transformation process.

The MoU was signed by PSA Assistant President Mr. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Naimi and General Manager of Microsoft Doha Ms. Lana Khalaf during a meeting attended by Dr. Khalid Al Quradaghi, director of Information Systems Department and Advisor to the President’s Office, Mr. Amr Samir, director of the Public Sector at Microsoft, and a number of officials from both sides.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the strategic relations between Qatar and Microsoft, new projects in Qatar and an array of topics of common interest. They also reviewed ways to strengthen the partnership between PSA and Microsoft and support PSA’s efforts in the process of digital transformation in its current and future projects through partnerships with some advanced technology companies to provide their services and expertise with the best possible quality.

This MoU outlines the scope of the expected cooperation between the two parties, such as cloud services, best practices in the areas of application modernization, artificial intelligence, cloud security, process digitization, code development, as well as Microsoft internationally accredited training programs and certificates.

Through the signing of this MoU, PSA seeks to accelerate its digital transformation in line with the government’s strategies and to make full use of cloud data centers while raising the level of national skills in these modern technological fields for the benefit of the country.

Under the agreement, Microsoft shall provide PSA with full support, full access to global industry specialists, as well as support in artificial intelligence activities, such as social media analysis and dissemination of census results. It shall also help PSA develop a skills plan to enhance teams’ capacity-building.

The expected cooperation between the two parties also includes holding workshops and awareness sessions on Microsoft’s solutions in leading support services and making use of appropriate programs in order to support PSA in its new projects.

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