Conference on challenges in sukuk markets

Updated 15 November 2016
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Conference on challenges in sukuk markets

The Sukuk Conference organized by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) in collaboration with the World Bank, will be held on Dec. 6.
It will discuss the role of debt markets in supporting the economic growth in addition to other several topics discussed in five sessions. Government officials and representatives from the World Bank and the private sector, as well as economists and financial partners in the capital market will participate in the conference.
The conference sessions will include topics such as: Elements of sukuk markets, dynamics of sukuk markets, establishment of an effective environment for sukuk market, regulatory issues and governance in the sukuk market, and the role of debt markets in economic growth.
The CMA pointed out that the conference aims to achieve its strategic objectives, which include deepening the capital market and encouraging the issuance of debt instruments, in addition to promoting the economic development of the Kingdom within the 2030 Vision.
Furthermore, the CMA is working hard to develop the debt instruments market in the Kingdom due to its importance in national economy, and being a major support to the funding of development projects.
As the introduction of the debt instruments market and its continues flourish depends on a combination of success elements associated with the CMA and third parties, this would require coordination with those parties and they all need to agree on the importance of sukuk and debt instruments market in the future as a main financing source to support commercial banks.


MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018
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MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”