Microsoft to help MTCIT boost Digital Transformation efforts

MTCIT and Microsoft officials in a group photo

Microsoft signs MoU with Oman’s MTCIT at COMEX 2022 to support the acceleration of Digital Transformation in the sultanate

24 May, 2022; Muscat, Sultanate of Oman – Microsoft today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology (MTCIT) to work together to support Oman’s Digital Transformation efforts by providing digitization skilling and coaching activities.

Under the agreement, Microsoft will collaborate with the MTCIT to develop capacity building initiatives to empower students, academia, SMEs, startups and government employees with the skills they need to succeed in a digital-first and AI-enabled world. Microsoft will also support the MTCIT to develop AI use cases and proof of concept across different government entities. Additionally, Microsoft will support the government in general digital transformation activities which will become a foundation for realizing the country’s ambitions to establish a sustainable, knowledge-based economy with a focus on ethical and responsible innovation.

“Digital Transformation has been identified by the Sultanate as one of the key enablers to spur innovation and facilitate the creation of an effective, diverse and vibrant economy,” said Fahad Bin Sultan Al Abri, Director General of sector stimulation and Future skills at MTCIT. “Through this partnership with Microsoft we will be able to support the objectives set out in the National Program for Digital Economy inked in 2021 to enhance productivity in the key sectors laid out in Oman Vision 2040, develop human capabilities in AI, accelerate AI adoption, and develop digital transformation initiatives”.

“Driven by our mission to empower every person and organization to achieve more, Microsoft remains committed to supporting Oman fulfil its vision to build and develop a prosperous digital economy that responds to the requirements of the future, unlock new opportunities, and enhance the country’s competitiveness at a regional and global level” said Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni. “We will continue to serve as a trusted partner in the country’s growth journey by fostering innovation, encouraging a culture of tech-intensity and accelerating opportunities to realize sustainable economic growth.”

The proliferation of AI across the Middle East has grown exponentially over the last decade as economies recognize the significant potential to transform industries and economies, amplify human ingenuity and help solve society’s biggest challenges. According to PwC, AI could contribute $320 billion to the Middle East economy in 2030, equivalent to 11% of GDP, and annual growth in the contribution of AI is expected to range between 20 and 34% per year across the region. The Sultanate of Oman ranked 48th internationally, and sixth in the Middle East, in Oxford Insights’ 2020 Government AI Readiness Index.

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