With both Saudi Arabia and India embarking on developing new programs and policies to foster innovation in different sectors of the economy, providing platforms and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, and overseeing innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem of their countries with Saudi Vision 2030 and AIM (Atal Innovation Mission) respectively, the two nations are seeking ways to cooperate in order to enhance their capabilities.
2nd edition of Datalogue
This they emphasized in the 2nd edition of Datalogue — an exclusive virtual private IT B2B on Monday. The webinar, attended by a host of people in both nations was conducted by the Consulate General of India, Jeddah, in association with NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies).
The first edition conducted in the month of March, 2021 which saw around 50 B2B sessions with major Saudi companies. The second edition would have a total of 100 meetings scheduled with Indian and Saudi companies. Datalogue gives a fillip to closer collaboration between India and Saudi Arabia in the IT sector.
Dr. Faisal H. Al Sugair, president & CEO, Saudi Center For International Strategic Partnerships, was the chief guest. He also spoke about closer ties between the two countries in IT within the ambit of the Strategic Partnership Council
Dr. Al Sugair said that it is exciting to see that government and business enterprises are collaborating. After COVID-19, the disruption caused by technology is so huge that it would have a long lasting impact on the future of how businesses would be conducted.
Long standing economic and socio cultural ties
“Our two nations enjoy cordial ties historically with our long standing economic and socio cultural ties. The mission of the Strategic Council headed by PM of India and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is to enhance relationship on all fronts,” he said.
“Technology is vital. Vision 2030 aims to transform the Kingdom into an ICT Hub. Some of them have already been realized like 5G deployment. There are many ways for India to partner in these transformations with close cooperation between MCIT, KSA and MeITY, India,” he added.
Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed earlier spoke about the growing connect between the two countries in non-oil, non-traditional sectors which reflects the depth of the strategic partnership between India and Saudi Arabia.
“Datalogue would be a half yearly event which would accentuate and engage the IT capabilities of both the countries,” he also added.
A panel discussion on skilling: How organizations and the government can collaborate also conducted and also moderated by Shivendra Singh, vice president and head of Global Trade Development, NASSCOM. Singh had earlier introducted the content and concept of the Datalogue while highlighting the synergies between the two nations and a possible road map for cooperation in the IT sector.
Key triggers behind Future Skills program
The panelists in the skilling discussion were, Abdullah Biary CISO, United Cooperative Assurance; Kirti Seth, CEO, SSC; NASSCOM and Mukund Nair, director, Global HR, Nagarro.
Kirthi Seth, CEO, Future Skills, India, spoke about the key triggers to kickstart Future Skills program with NASSCOM; and where it holds in the global scene.
Future Skills also triggered by a report that came out in 2017 to see the impact of disruption the report; suggested a need to reskill 50% of already existing IT workforce.
Industry was creating the content of requirement and NASSCOM curated it accordingly; and India PM launched Future Skills in 2018.
Abdullah Faisal Biary, CISO, UCA, also spoke about digital transformation in private sector and how cyber security plays a key role.
Mukund Nair of Nagaro spoke about the continuous change in the skilling landscape with regard to expectations. So as an organization, Nagarro also focusses on self-driven culture of learning to a learning marketplace model.
Consul General Mohammad Shahid Alam in his remarks said that Indian IT services export mostly concentrated to US and Europe. The MENA region in general and Saudi Arabia in particular is making great strides in development.
“In alignment with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030; India can be a formidable partner in development of IT/ITES solutions for futuristic cities like NEOM;” he also added.