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Saudi Energy Launches an Artificial Intelligence Center

To highlight the Kingdom’s ranking in the world’s leading data-related indicators, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Salman, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the President of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), Dr.Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.

The MoU aims to strengthen efforts to raise the Kingdom’s ranking in the leading global indicators related to data and artificial intelligence, and to contribute to the development of national capabilities on data and the methodologies of artificial intelligence in the Kingdom.

It comes within the framework of supporting government integration between the Ministry of Energy and SDAIA to achieve common goals related to supporting, developing, reviewing and implementing strategies in the areas of data and artificial intelligence in the energy and gas sectors.

The Minister of Energy and President of SDAIA launched the “Artificial Intelligence Center for Energy,” on the sidelines of the visit of the Minister of Energy to the headquarters of SDAIA in the capital, Riyadh.

The center aims to achieve the goals of the joint Vision 2030 of the Kingdom between the Ministry of Energy and SDAIA. It will also enhance the competitiveness of the energy sector, especially in the aspect of joint innovation in artificial intelligence associated with this sector.

The center is expected to contribute to building national capabilities and competencies related to artificial intelligence in the energy sector, which is one of the priority sectors within the National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI).

 It will enhance the achievement of the strategy’s objectives to reach more than 15,000 specialists in data and artificial intelligence by 2030.It will also push forward cooperation with major national and international leading companies in the fields of energy and artificial intelligence.

Moreover, it will localize technology and stimulate investment in the field of artificial intelligence, as NSDAI aims to reach 75 billion riyals of local and foreign investments in the fields of data and artificial intelligence by 2030.

The Artificial Intelligence Energy Center will be managed jointly by the Ministry of Energy and SDAIA and with the participation of the main stakeholders in the national energy system.

The Minister of Energy indicated that this cooperation will support the achievement of the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and a number of other strategies such as developing and diversifying the Saudi economy, and creating jobs in the sector.

Dr. Al-Ghamdi stressed the importance of this distinguished cooperation with the Ministry of Energy, which reflects the two parties’ keenness to adopt the localization of advanced technologies in the field of data and artificial intelligence, which will be reflected in the national income sources.

He indicated that SDAIA and the Ministry of Energy intend to support the existing efforts with regard to collecting and analyzing energy sector data and harmonizing this with the Office of National Data Management, in addition to supporting the development of cloud computing solutions to serve the energy sector.

He praised the launch of the Artificial Intelligence Energy Center, which will contribute towards enhancing research and development efforts in the field of artificial intelligence, supporting innovation and enabling entrepreneurship.

 The center works to achieve four strategic goals, namely: enhancing national energy priorities, and developing artificial intelligence to serve knowledge; gathering expertise in the energy sector; enhancing data focused on energy and creating artificial intelligence, in addition to developing and leading artificial intelligence in the system of strategic energy partnerships in the Kingdom.

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