Women shine in global ICT skills competition

Saudi officials with the winners of the ICT skills competition at the awards ceremony in Riyadh on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 15 December 2017
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Women shine in global ICT skills competition

RIYADH: Four out of the six finalists who topped an international ICT skills competition were women — selected from 1,600 candidates in the Kingdom.
The six contenders will take part in the competition finals that will take place in China in late December.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is organizing the competition in association with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Huawei.
Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ruwais, the governor of CITC, told Arab News that the winners from three universities will receive training from top executives at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen.
More than 1,600 students registered for the competition in Saudi Arabia, which was open to all universities across the country.
The preliminary exam took place in labs across 32 examination centers.
Speaking to Arab News, Al-Ruwais said the idea of the program was to invest in human capital and use it for the good of the country.
He said it was being implemented in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is aimed at preparing human resources for the growing local market in the Kingdom.
TVTC Deputy Gov. Ziad Ibrahim Al-Sayegh told Arab News that some 400 of the total number of candidates had undergone training in ICT skills. He said the competition has stimulated interest in young people, who revealed hidden skills in the ICT field.
In his speech, Zhu Xinglong, counselor of the Chinese Embassy, said Saudi Arabia attached importance to the development and training of its human resources, a significant contributor to its diversification programs.
He said that the ICT skills competition was an excellent example of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and China. “Our two nations have long enjoyed a strong partnership across both the public and private sectors,” he said.
One of the female winners, Haya Al-Jammaz, told Arab News that she was thrilled to be selected for the opportunity to not only visit China but to update her knowledge and ICT skills. Al-Jammaz is an undergraduate at the Princess Al-Nourah University.
Mohammed Al-Humaid, another of the six winners, said that ICT was an interesting field which he had always been interested in and the achievement would boost his confidence to pursue a career in the sector.
The competition is part of Huawei’s longstanding efforts to have a positive impact on the community in the Kingdom. It has already implemented a “Seeds for the Future” program to offer training and internships to promising students across the region.
The ICT skills competition offers students additional opportunities to gain valuable experience in the industry. Participants work in a real laboratory and tackle some of the industry’s most complex challenges.
The competition material is based on advanced IP and IT material, and tests competitors on their knowledge of cloud computing, switching, routing and network security.
 


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.