Saudi Arabia partners with Huawei in AI capability development

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-22 22:59:50|Editor: huaxia

RIYADH, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia entered a partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei on Thursday to promote the kingdom's artificial intelligence (AI) development, as part of its efforts to achieve national digital transform in support of Vision 2030.

The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei on the second day of the Global AI Summit to cooperate in the National AI Capability Development Program, according to a Huawei statement.

The National AI Capability Development Program aims to support governments, enterprises and research institutes in the kingdom to find suitable technology partners in the AI domain, to enhance their own talent pool, and to ultimately find new growth strategies through AI applications, the statement said.

Majid Altuwaijri, CEO of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) at SDAIA, said that through its vision, SDAIA seeks to establish the kingdom as a global leader among the league of data-driven economies.

"We believe that public-private partnerships will help accelerate this progress and are pleased to be working with Huawei on our latest National AI Capability Development Program," Altuwaijri said.

Altuwaijri stressed that through the program and its cooperation with Huawei, Saudi Arabia can not only continue acquiring the most cutting-edge technologies, but also learn from successful experiences internationally in adopting best practices.

President of Huawei Middle East Charles Yang commented that Huawei has adopted an ambitious long-term research and development strategy regarding AI, creating unprecedented opportunities through the synergy of AI with 5G connectivity, cloud, computing, and industry applications.

"In cooperation with SDAIA, we look forward to creating new value across these tech domains, collaborating with local AI developer and industry partners to transform the kingdom into a leading data-driven economy," Yang added. Enditem