Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has opened one of its largest Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Centres (CSIC) for Huawei in Middle East region in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The centre was inaugurated by Dr Majid Alkassabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, and Advisor to Minister of Commerce and Investment, Governor of Small & Medium Enterprises General Authority Dr Ghassan Alsulaiman.
Dr Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications IT Commission (CITC), and Li Huanxin, China Ambassador to Saudi Arabia were also present.
With more than 1200 sq m of floor space in Riyadh, CSIC will accelerate the digital transformation of the Saudi economy by providing an open ecosystem for innovation. The Centre will allow industry partners to experience, architect, validate and build solutions, verify new business models, customize applications and services to sectors such as utility, energy, transportation, education, government amongst others that support the transformation to a digital economy, bringing tremendous knowledge-based economy benefits.
Dr. Alsulaiman said: “The launch of Huawei’s CSIC in Riyadh is a step forward to support the Saudi 2030 vision and the digitization plan, which play a big role in diversifying the Kingdom’s economy.”
“Huawei is not only one of China's outstanding home-grown companies, but also the world's leading ICT Company. Huawei is a forerunner in enhancing the economic and trade cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia,” said Li Huaxin.
“Huawei’s advanced technology solutions have been widely used in various sectors and industries, making positive contributions not only to the development of the Saudi ICT sector but also to the development of the national economy.
“Today, we see that Huawei is actively pursuing social responsibility in order to support the vision of Saudi national innovation. The company is also training more ICT talent to further the transformation of the national economy. It is truly a very commendable step. The integration of Saudi 2030 vision and China’s ‘belt and road’ initiative will bring unlimited opportunities for business and cooperation between the two countries. I believe and hope that Huawei will continue to play a leading role in the kingdom,” he added.
“This launch confirms our commitment to the Saudi people and supports the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, which places great emphasis on innovation in the ICT sector,” said Li Xiangyu, vice president of Public Affairs and Communications, Huawei Middle East.
“The centre will provide both government entities and enterprises in Saudi Arabia with access to a world class facility and labs that enable them to experience the latest technologies and Huawei innovation first-hand. Huawei prides itself in successfully implementing experience gained from 170 markets around.
In addition to catering to government and enterprise customers, the CSIC will also play an active role in promoting innovation amongst youth as the centre opens its doors to school and university students. Huawei and universities in Saudi Arabia will be organizing the ICT Skills and Innovation Competition, which aims to provide a stage for aspiring youth to showcase their ideas and concepts, with the winners enrolled in internship programs at Huawei.