Saudi Arabia partners with Huawei to develop its ICT ecosystem

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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While it continues to face widespread criticism and regional bans led by the US government on the grounds of national security, Chinese tech giant Huawei has entered into a strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia. 

Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is expected to use this association to strengthen the kingdom’s digital economy and information communication technology (ICT) talent ecosystem.

Under the terms of the MoU signed by CITC’s Deputy Governor for Corporate Support Sector, Mr. Ahmad Aljarboa and Terry He, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, the Chinese firm will become a strategic partner to CITC in several areas, including knowledge share, human resource capacity development, and the ICT industry.

Huawei will also support CITC in training officials with a focus on emerging technologies such as AI and the cloud.

Speaking on the occasion, the President of Huawei Middle East, Mr. Charles Yang stated that “We have been privileged to collaborate with CITC on many projects in the past, and look forward to supporting CITC in further enhancing digital infrastructure, nurturing local talent, and promoting the successes of the kingdom’s ICT market on an international stage.”

The Chinese firm has been a long-time associate to the Kingdom and has been the partner of choice for service providers in Saudi Arabia for supporting customers through a broad range of end-to-end solutions.

The tech company has also been working with Saudi ministries and enterprises to create value from the wider shift toward digitization. Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future” program has been under operation in collaboration with CITC for the last five years.