Saudi Telecommunications Ministry inks memo with IBM

RIYADH: The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM to promote cooperative programs at an advanced level.
IBM will train and qualify more than 38,000 people over the next four years through 30 new educational institutions in various communication and information technology programs. By 2020, about 19,000 trainees are expected to acquire certification for the field.
The ministry said in a statement that this step will help develop the telecommunication and information technology sector, build national capabilities and talents, and hold partnerships with numerous agencies.
The ministry identified one of the aspects of Vision 2030, concerning “the shortage in specialized human capital, poor user skills in the communication and information technology field” as one of the main challenges that must be addressed. The ministry will put in place five initiatives under its supervision. Three initiatives involve training, qualifying, and employing professionals and experts in the communication and information technology sector.
Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, said the private sector in the Kingdom is a key partner in the growth and development of the communication and IT sector.
Takreem El-Tohamy, IBM’s general manager for the Middle East and Africa, confirmed the commitment of the company to develop young talent and qualify them for the labor market.