Ministry of Commerce and Investment launches Huawei Innovation Center in Riyadh
Center aims to support the Kingdom’s drive for innovation
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 31, 2017: On Behalf of His Excellency Dr. Majid Alkassabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, His Excellency’s Advisor to Minister of Commerce and Investment, Governor of Small & Medium Enterprises General Authority Dr. Ghassan Alsulaiman yesterday inaugurated one of the largest Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Centers (CSIC) for Huawei in the Middle East region - in presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), and H.E. Mr. Li Huanxin, China Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
With more than 1200 square meters of floor space in Riyadh, CSIC will accelerate the digital transformation of the Saudi economy by providing an open ecosystem for innovation. The Centre will allow industry partners to experience, architect, validate and build solutions, verify new business models, customize applications and services to sectors such as utility, energy, transportation, education, government amongst others that support the transformation to a digital economy, bringing tremendous knowledge-based economy benefits.
Commenting on the CSIC launch, H.E. Dr. Alsulaiman said, “The launch of Huawei’s CSIC in Riyadh is a step forward to support the Saudi 2030 vision and the digitization plan, which play a big role in diversifying the Kingdom’s economy.”
“Huawei is not only one of China's outstanding home-grown companies, but also the world's leading ICT Company. Huawei is a forerunner in enhancing the economic and trade cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia. Huawei’s advanced technology solutions have been widely used in various sectors and industries, making positive contributions not only to the development of the Saudi ICT sector but also to the development of the national economy. Today, we see that Huawei is actively pursuing social responsibility in order to support the vision of Saudi national innovation. The company is also training more ICT talent to further the transformation of the national economy. It is truly a very commendable step. The integration of Saudi 2030 vision and China’s ‘belt and road’ initiative will bring unlimited opportunities for business and cooperation between the two countries. I believe and hope that Huawei will continue to play a leading role in the kingdom,” said His Excellency Mr. Li Huaxin, China Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
“We are honored to have His Excellency inaugurate one of the largest CSIC for Huawei in the region,” said Mr. Li Xiangyu (Space Lee), Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Huawei Middle East. “This launch confirms our commitment to the Saudi people and supports the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, which places great emphasis on innovation in the ICT sector. The center will provide both government entities and enterprises in Saudi Arabia with access to a world class facility and labs that enable them to experience the latest technologies and Huawei innovation first-hand. Huawei prides itself in successfully implementing experience gained from 170 markets around the world to guarantee the greatest benefit and value in Saudi Arabia”.
On his part, H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of CITC, extended thanks and appreciation to Huawei for establishing the Huawei Regional Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center and providing solutions in training for Saudis in the ICT sector, and strongly believes that ICT companies in Saudi Arabia play an important role in developing this vibrant sector.
In addition to catering to government and enterprise customers, the CSIC will also play an active role in promoting innovation amongst youth as the center opens its doors to school and university students. Huawei and universities in Saudi Arabia will be organizing the ICT Skills and Innovation Competition, which aims to provide a stage for aspiring youth to showcase their ideas and concepts, with the winners enrolled in internship programs at Huawei.
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