By: Chen Jianhan, CEO of Huawei in Oman
The Government of the Sultanate of Oman attaches great importance to the digital transformation program as it is a basic supporter of the strategic and vital sectors in the Sultanate and its impact in providing the national economy with great returns, in addition to being one of the requirements are. of the modern era to facilitate operations and procedures for beneficiaries in all fields. Digital transformation is considered one of the necessities for all government and private institutions that believe in the importance of continuous development and improvement of their administrative functions, services they provide, and facilitating faster access to beneficiaries.
The digital transformation is represented by the use of information and communication technology within institutions and bodies, whether public or private, with the aim of developing institutional performance and services, improving operational efficiency and increasing efficiency and productivity, which the institution serves in all its departments, as well as in its dealings with customers and the public, to improve services and facilitate access to them, which at the same time ensures saving time and effort.
Oman began its ambitious journey to achieve a qualitative transformation towards building a sustainable Omani knowledge society through the “National Strategy for Omani Digital Society and e-Government”, which defined plans and working mechanisms to achieve this goal. From this strategy, the Digital Oman initiative was born, which includes the establishment of an integrated infrastructure to provide leading e-government services to citizens and the business sector in the Sultanate, build knowledge-based industries and provide wide and diverse employment opportunities for citizens .
The Digital Oman 2030 Strategy aims to provide solid foundations for the digital future in Oman, and is based on four basic components, including building an inclusive digital society, developing digital skills and capabilities, achieving digital transformation in government institutions, and improving trust in digital technologies.
With the acceleration of digitization in Oman, reliance on digital technologies will increase in the future, especially the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” technologies, which include artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, machine learning, handling big data, fast fifth generation communication networks and cloud computing capabilities.
The digital development strategy cannot be implemented in isolation from the rest of the basic components such as standards and compliance that are kept track of through the development of laws and regulations that take into account compliance with internationally approved standards and specifications, including those related to cyber security, for which a plan must be adopted that includes the provision of proactive monitoring services and systems. Extrapolation, analysis and early warning to counter potential cyber attacks.
The objectives of the Digital Oman vision include providing a coherent digital infrastructure, including smart cities and high-speed and high-capacity networks. A skilled workforce and the ability to use modern technologies are considered as one of the basic ingredients that guarantee the implementation of the digital transformation strategy in line with the country’s vision and the aspirations of the Omani people. Therefore, special attention must be paid to the axis of preparing and developing technical talents and refining their expertise to be an effective contributor to translating the goals of national visions and ambitious development plans into reality.
Omani youth have the necessary capabilities to advance the digital transformation in various sectors, especially since 100% of the Omani population own smartphones and computers and have access to the Internet at home and have access to advanced network services that the Sultanate wanted distributed the latest represented by the fifth generation networks.
But the new generation of technology leaders definitely needs more knowledge initiatives and programs and training in the use of new technologies. From this point of view, Huawei is eager to build bridges of open cooperation with the public and private sectors and organizes many initiatives aimed at motivating young people to engage in the world of modern technology and their level of awareness of the benefits of increase the ICT sector, and aims with its partners to develop the skills of talented youth, including through Huawei Technology Academies Information and communication and other specialized programs and competitions such as the Seeds for the Future program, the ICT competition, the innovation competition, application building competitions and other programs organized annually. Huawei is working with government institutions, universities, all private sector players and institutions concerned with the development of digital talent to contribute to preparing the Sultanate to meet the various future requirements related to the creation of business development opportunities and services within various sectors.
Huawei ICT Academies in Oman work with teachers and local institutions to empower students and provide them with employment opportunities by providing them with the knowledge and practical experience needed to rely on modern technologies. Huawei provides accredited certificates in the technical sector, allowing the next generation of ICT talent to enter the labor market, in addition to developing their technical skills to enhance their careers and play their role in contributing to the prosperity of the country ‘s future.
The strategic partnership, which spans many years and brings together Omantel and Huawei, is a vivid example of the cooperation and joint efforts of the two institutions to provide the necessary training tools as the regional training center for information and communication technology in the Sultanate. Contribute to the realization of the country’s vision, of which the building of a sustainable knowledge-based economy is at the core.
Huawei has contributed to the training of more than 10,000 Omani youth over the past two decades, and since its establishment in Oman in 2003, the company has made great efforts to ensure the sharing of its science and expertise with Omani partners through strategic partnerships with various active players in the process of developing the burgeoning telecommunication and information technology sector in a big way.
The regional and global competitions organized by Huawei encourage Omani youth to specialize in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Huawei Middle East ICT competition saw the participation of many Omani university students – numbering 5,000 participants – which started in 2017, and they achieved advanced results in the competition. In 2021, three talented students from Oman participated in the regional finals and received the Distinguished Performance Award. The National University also won the Distinguished Academy Award, while Professor Imad Saud Al Nuaimi won the Distinguished Trainer Award.
The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology has developed a plan to contribute to improving the performance of institutions, developing the innovative abilities of young people, and providing them with training in modern technologies. Through collaboration with Huawei in Oman, the ministry launched training programs to enhance the role of the youth and technical sector leaders in promoting technical development and developing technical skills and innovative capabilities to achieve economic development and implement digital government .
Huawei is committed to improving technical capabilities, developing the skills of talented youth, providing them with employment opportunities and enabling them to compete in the highly competitive ICT market. The Seeds for the Future program is organized in various Omani universities, where talented students are selected and provided with training in basic technologies and an opportunity to learn about the company’s operations around the world. The program also contributes to providing the necessary knowledge to use modern technologies, training on equipment and developing management skills by offering talented young people the opportunity to visit the exhibitions organized by the company and digital experiences at its headquarters, research and development centers and laboratories. at its headquarters in China over a period of two weeks.
In line with the “Oman Vision 2040”, ICT has been placed as one of the possible and stimulating sectors for the productive and service economic sectors, adding that the government has adopted the National Digital Economy Program, which represents the strategic direction to create a prosperous digital economy that effectively contributes to the gross domestic product, and is considered a complement to the digitization strategies in the Sultanate of Oman. It seeks to improve the contribution of the digital economy to the GDP from 2 percent in 2022 to 10 percent in 2040. Oman has all the basic ingredients for the implementation of the digital strategy, but the private sector bears a major responsibility for the support public sector efforts to contribute to the achievement of National digital transformation ambitions. When we provide Omani youth with effective channels to acquire technical knowledge, hone skills and enhance the expertise needed to create a leading technical generation, the qualified youth will be able to lead the future of digitization by manage, maintain and develop modern technologies. Huawei is committed to contributing to the advancement of technological development in the Sultanate, starting with the preparation and empowerment of national cadres, relying on its global expertise, strategic partnerships, initiatives and training programs. We hope that our efforts will contribute to the support of the social and economic development system in the Sultanate.