The role of information technology in Qatar’s national agenda has become more prominent as an enabling factor for economic growth, social prosperity, and environmental sustainability, HE the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ali al-Mannai said Wednesday.
In his speech at the ‘Qatar IT Roundtable’, organised by the Communications and Regulatory Authority (CRA), HE al-Mannai said the ministry is seeking to benefit from the achievements, capabilities, and resources currently available to enhance Qatar's attractiveness and competitiveness at the regional and global levels.
Al-Mannai noted that Qatar has established a strong telecommunications infrastructure, in which the quality of performance and network coverage comply with relevant global standards.
This, according to the minister, enabled all residents and local companies to access high-speed mobile broadband and fibre-optic services, indicating that the support is provided for the vision and strategy of the telecommunications and information technology sector and its acceleration process due to the pandemic, as well as the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Al-Mannai also said the ministry continues to set goals and develop policies that promote the growth of the telecommunications sector in Qatar. At the same time, it continues to develop and update strategies and policies aimed at providing innovative services and adopting the latest global technology trends and innovations that will support digital transformation, smart living, and diversification of the local economy.
Through these strategies and policies, al-Mannai said the goal is to develop digital use cases for smart Qatar and to redesign the Qatar Digital Government programme to be more customer-centric and to enable fully digital transactions.
Qatar IT Roundtable was highlighted by a high-level panel discussion by the following industry experts: Marwan Marouf Rafiq Mahmoud, chairman and CEO of MOSECO Qatar and founding board member at Doha Tech Angels; Yosouf al-Salehi, executive director of Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP); Nayef al-Ibrahim, founding partner and CEO at Ibtechar; and Hamad al-Hajri, co-founder and CEO of Snoonu. The discussion was moderated by Grantly Mailes, partner & associate director, Emerging Technologies.
The roundtable featured a presentation of a set of development initiatives and success stories of local companies. The CRA also provided an overview of the information technology sector and its current related initiatives, in addition to discussing the prospects for the local market with the participation of industry leaders in the State of Qatar and participants from the academic community.
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