Faisal Al-Khamisi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming, and Drones, emphasized the importance of programming, as well as the innovators of global programmers, as the basic seed for the global success of the information technology sector, until major service companies became electronic platforms.
This was said during Al-address Khamisi’s opening of the Launch event, which began on Wednesday in the capital, Riyadh, and is the largest technological event in the Middle East and North Africa area, with over a million people expected to attend.
“Learning to program will soon become as essential as learning to read and write,” Al-Khamisi said, adding that the Kingdom has a defined plan and a precise schedule for investing in national cadres to attain “a programmed objective out of every 100 Saudis by 2030.”
The occasion saw the inauguration of some collaborations with high ministerial involvement, as well as the announcement of regional offices in Riyadh by ten global technology firms.
During his address, Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, disclosed the Kingdom’s first smart chips, which will be utilized in military, commercial, and civilian applications, were made using Saudi hands and brains.
The Minister of Communications announced the launch of three important technology and artificial intelligence programs, the first of which is the “Himma” program, the largest technical program with a 2.5 billion riyal package to support the technology market with more than 20 products and support beginners and advanced entrepreneurs.
The “Qimma” program is the second, while the “Twaiq” program is the third. The “Sadaya Academy,” a massive effort to teach the next generation to harness energies and create capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence, is the first project.