Kuwait and the United States on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening cooperation in the area of information and communication technology (ICT) on the sidelines of a visit to Washington by Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The agreement was signed by Chairman and CEO of the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) Eng. Salem Muthib Al-Athainah and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Fred Humphries.
"It falls in the framework of Kuwait's quest to diversify the sources of national income, build an information-based economy and leverage the use of ICT in government services," Al-Athainah told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
"Kuwait seeks to boost the e-government system, digital information, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and encourage innovation in these areas," he said, adding: "Today's MoU focuses on backing up the smart government services, the smart city initiative and entrepreneurship in building ICT system and building the capacity of the national cadres in Kuwait."
Al-Athainah highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence applications in the fields of energy and water as well as improving the government services and protecting the national information systems through cybersecurity.
"CITRA will organize, jointly with Microsoft, workshops and surveys on how to share the world's best practices of ICT applications," he noted, adding that the Authority would continue to protect the data of the government services and civil servants against hacking.
On his part, Humphries affirmed the importance of signing the document, saying that it would enable them to build upon the partnership and relationship they have forged with the government of Kuwait to focus on smart cities and artificial intelligence and to be part of the digital transformation that is already taking place in Kuwait. He added that this framework will enable the two sides to do more and better things.
Source: International Islamic News Agency