Ex­perts put best foot for­ward at GI­TEX In­no­va­tion Day

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Smart cities, eBank­ing, Vir­tual Tele Ma­chine, Anti UAV Sys­tem, Nex­tGen Cloud and high-end SSD were some of the many new prod­ucts and ser­vices that were show­cased by the Huawei booth at the 37th edi­tion of GI­TEX in Dubai.

The 'In­no­va­tion Day' gath­ered the best of the in­dus­try ex­perts to dis­cuss the is­sues re­lated to eGover­nance and smart cities in the re­gion.

The theme of the event was 'Ex­plo­ration, Lights the Way For­ward'. It wit­nessed more than 1,000 com­pa­nies. A num­ber of Oma­nis were also present dur­ing the event. Big names from the in­dus­try in­cluded Ugo Valenti, CEO of Smart City Expo World Congress; Dr Mo­hammed al Amer, chair­man of the Telecom­mu­nica- tions Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity Bahrain, Ed­ward Zhou, vice pres­i­dent of Global Af­fairs, Huawei Tech­nolo­gies and Li Xiangyu, vice pres­i­dent of Pub­lic Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Huawei Mid­dle East.

Dr Amer ad­dressed the duty of gov­ern­ments in the re­gion to work to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that en­ables the dig­i­tal econ­omy to grow and flour­ish, iden­ti­fy­ing the need to fos­ter dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion, en­act proper reg­u­la­tory frame­work, and in uni­fy­ing the con­cepts of IT and ICT.

A new re­search report ti­tled, 'Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion in the Mid­dle East – A Dig­i­tal Jour­ney' by Huawei-Deloitte shed light on the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives be­ing un­der­taken by gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties in the GCC re­gion.

Valenti said, “The 21st cen­tury is fast be­com­ing the cen­tury of cities. The grow­ing uni­ver­sal­ity of the cloud, AI [ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence] and blockchain are noth­ing short of a revo­lu­tion in the way we live. This trans­for­ma­tion is al­low­ing us to build smart cities, but to truly reach our po­ten­tial we have to em­power cities to be as sus­tain­able, mo­bile, safe and healthy as pos­si­ble.”

Jawad Ab­bassi, head of MENA, GSMA said that the mo­bile is al­ready play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in driv­ing ef­fi­cien­cies, pro­duc­tiv­ity and eco­nomic growth across the Mid­dle East and North Africa re­gion, con­tribut­ing to em­ploy­ment as well as in­no­va­tion.

“How­ever, it is cru­cial that gov­ern­ments put the right reg­u­la­tory frame­works in place to en­cour­age com­pe­ti­tion, in­vest­ment and in­no­va­tion so that ev­ery­one can ben­e­fit from the dig­i­tal age.”

Li said, “It has been fan­tas­tic to gather such a di­verse and knowl­edge­able group of ex­perts and lead­ers to dis­cuss the key is­sues and chal­lenges of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion in the re­gion. The Mid­dle East is a his­toric cen­tre of ex­plo­ration and in­no­va­tion, and we are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to lever­age this her­itage and tackle the chal­lenges faced in or­der to re­alise the full spec­trum of dig­i­tal re­al­i­ties here.

“Huawei re­mains com­mit­ted to driv­ing the dig­i­tal ecosys­tems, and to con­tinue to push for ac­tive and open col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal part­ners in or­der to serve the re- gion’s na­tional vi­sions and de­liver on the prom­ise of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.”

“ICT in­no­va­tion is at the heart of Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mis­sion to build the most ad­vanced, sus­tain­able city in the world. De­vel­op­ing a smart, in­te­grated IT in­fra­struc­ture de­pends on ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and ex­plo­ration, which in turn de­pends on build­ing ef­fec­tive part­ner­ships,” said Ahmed Ka­joor, IT di­rec­tor at Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Other key themes ad­dressed were im­por­tance of the rise in ur­ban­i­sa­tion to the dig­i­tal project, the im­por­tance of in­dus­trial digi­ti­sa­tion and open col­lab­o­ra­tion, and the state of dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment in the GCC.

Ab­dul­lah Alansi, gen­eral man­ager of United So­lu­tions in Salalah said, “We are happy to be here and pleased to meet peo­ple and dis­cuss ideas to of­fer eSo­lu­tions in Oman.”

(Mus­cat Daily)

Li Xiangyu speaks at the event in Dubai

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