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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia Forge Digital Partnership with MoU on Communications and Technology Cooperation

Date: October 02, 2023

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have formalized their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in the fields of communications and information technology by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Riyadh.

The agreement was officially inked by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah Alswaha, and Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Information Technology, Telecommunication, Science, and Technology, Dr. Umar Saif. The primary objectives of this MoU revolve around the acceleration of digital transformation, the promotion of innovation, and the development of robust digital infrastructure.

Key highlights of this strategic partnership include the creation of a dedicated taskforce focused on advancing Saudi-Pakistan Digital Cooperation. Both nations intend to bolster their Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) and startup ecosystems by facilitating cross-border collaboration and sharing information on business accelerators and technology incubators for emerging industries.

The collaboration will extend to areas related to policies, regulations, and legislation pertaining to digitization and electronic manufacturing sectors. Additionally, the agreement aims to explore opportunities for entrepreneurs and enterprises to benefit from technology investments and venture capital.

The ultimate objective of this partnership is to deepen the ties within the digital economy by identifying and qualifying companies for collaborative opportunities in their respective Information and Communication Technology (ICT) markets. The scope of collaboration will encompass various domains, including e-governance, smart infrastructure, e-health, e-education, as well as emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, cloud computing, e-gaming, and blockchain.

To drive research and innovation, both countries are planning to embark on joint projects, establish training programs, and set up innovation centers dedicated to advanced technologies, centers of excellence, and university branches.

In a bid to enhance digital infrastructure, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan will work together to improve the connectivity of their fiber optic networks, data centers, and cloud computing facilities. The MoU also encourages mutual participation in international events and facilitates the exchange of information between private and public enterprises involved in IT development and electronics.

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