The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday with Amazon Web Services, a world leader in cloud computing services, on the sidelines of the Qatar Economic Forum 2022, Powered by Bloomberg held in Doha.
The MoU was signed by MCIT's Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development Reem Mohamed al-Mansoori, HE IPA Qatar's CEO Sheikh Ali Alwaleed al-Thani, and Amazon Web Services' Head of Public Sector for the Middle East Faisal Mian.
The MoU signed between the three parties aims to support the rapid development of the Qatari technology sector by cultivating technological talent in the country through the Amazon Web Services Academy, which provides free ready-made cloud computing programs and skills development programs focusing on machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing.
The three entities will also work together to launch initiatives to develop the startup ecosystem through Amazon Web Services' programmes and share best practices.
Commenting on the MoU, Reem Mohamed al-Mansoori said, MCIT is pleased to lead the efforts of the State of Qatar towards digitalisation and rapid technological development.
HE Sheikh Ali bin Alwaleed al-Thani, CEO of IPA Qatar, said: "We are pleased to be part of this strategic cooperation, which represents a major stepping stone in our journey to bolster the digital transformation in Qatar and unlock the untapped growth potential of the technology and AI sectors.
I am confident that this collaboration will nurture new tech talents and further develop the startup ecosystem in Qatar."
"We are excited to work with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Investment Promotion Agency in Qatar to support Qatar's digital transformation goal.
We look forward to continuing co-operation in Qatar with the public and private sectors to provide programs that will empower local talent and help emerging companies innovate and grow," Faisal Mian, Head of Public Sector for the Middle East at Amazon Web Services, said.
The MoU is part of co-operation with the IPA Qatar, which works to achieve the goals of the State of Qatar in expanding opportunities for international companies looking to establish their presence in Qatar and the region or expand their access to it by providing the digital and physical infrastructure ready for the future, and a supportive business environment, with the availability of young and educated talent, which together constitute the most enabling and business-friendly environment in the region.
IPA Qatar is the national brand that showcases Qatar as an exceptional investment destination, connecting international investors to lucrative business opportunities that support their long-term success, while bringing progress to the country’s economic development and diversification goals across sectors and geographies.
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