The U.S. Embassy in Qatar announced the presence and engagement of several major U.S. companies with Qatari counterparts during the Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference & Exhibition (Qitcom 2019). The conference was held in Doha from October 29th to November 1st, 2019.
Under H.H. Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s imprimatur, Qitcom was organized by the Ministry of Transport and Communication. The theme of Qitcom 2019 was “Safe Smart Cities”. The conference featured more than 90 guest speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and 300 entrepreneurs.
U.S. Charge d’Affaires, William Grant, said of the six American companies present at Qitcom 2019: “We are glad to see the US participation at Qitcom this year. We had six major companies (Microsoft, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Oracle, Dell Technologies, and Intel, two American startups (Litterati and Trust Stamp) and our very own Commercial office from the embassy showcasing their respective engagements with the Qatari government on digital initiatives.” In addition, Grant stressed the importance of Qatar’s state-driven initiatives, such as Tasmu, that collaborate with U.S. firms.
Qatar Smart Program (TASMU) is designed to accelerate the stated objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030. In essence, the main long-term objective of TASMU is to utilize innovative technology to improve the delivery of domestic public services across a multitude of sectors.
The program serves as a framework to transform Qatar’s digital economy, for the realization of smart projects, and to sustain Qatar’s economic growth. The State of Qatar plans to invest QR 6 billion (1.64 billion dollars) over the next five years to develop the technological and digital infrastructure.
In regards to existing and potential U.S.-Qatar collaborations in the digital sector, Grant declared: “One example of this is the announcement of the collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications ( MoTC) with Microsoft; Microsoft Azure has been chosen as the cloud service provider of choice for the digital transformation initiative of Qatar. We were also pleased to see Cisco sign three agreements with Ooredoo Group and MoTC for collaboration on Qatar’s digital transformation initiative. Similar announcements are expected in the near future.”
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