Saudi Arabia launched a package of qualitative initiatives and technological projects worth almost 4 billion riyals, in collaboration with ten of the world’s most prominent technology companies, with the aim to manufacture electronic chips, in the largest technical launch of its type in the Middle East and North Africa area.
By 2030, the Kingdom wants to improve its digital capabilities and reach a target of one digital device for every 100 Saudis, promoting innovation and creativity while also gaining worldwide leadership.
These massive efforts strengthen the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s status as a regional technological hub for the region’s and world’s most significant entrepreneurs, inventors, and programmers.
The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority have completed a long-running partnership (SDAIA).
Several of the world’s leading technology companies, led by Google, Amazon, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, Trend Micro, and Avense Security, announced their cooperation with the Kingdom during the launch event, “launching their training programmes” and centres specialised in raising the digital capabilities of young national cadres, as well as other centres for technical entrepreneurship innovation.
First Saudi chips on the way
During a speech at the ceremony on Wednesday, Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, announced the creation of the Kingdom’s first smart chips, which would be utilised in military, commercial, and civilian applications.
He went on to say that the processing capacity of these smart chips is more than 60,000 times greater than that of smart phones and the technology used by major corporations such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Sixo, Oracle, and Alibaba, as well as the technology used in the human voyage to the moon.
According to the Minister of Communications, these entities “will sign global agreements, so that the Kingdom will be the region’s number one technical center,” implying that the Kingdom will launch specialized executive programs in the digital economy, space, and innovation in collaboration with several Saudi entities specializing in information technologies.
In his lecture to a large gathering of specialists, the Minister of Communications presented a plan for achieving this aim through partnership between the public and non-profit sectors on the one hand, and the commercial sector on the other.