Saudi Arabia signs MoUs with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei through AI

The Saudi agency for data and artificial intelligence signed Memorandums of Understanding in areas of artificial intelligence (AI) with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei at a summit in the kingdom on Thursday, the state news agency SPA said.

SDAIA and Alibaba Cloud announced a letter of intent to support Saudi Arabia’s path to developing smart cities through AI, SPA said.

“Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has clear goals of transforming KSA cities into smart ones by unlocking the value of city data as national capital to realize Vision 2030 aspirations,” said Abdullah Bin Sharaf Alghandi, President of SDAIA.

According to SDAIA’s Twitter account, SDAIA and Huawei have signed a letter of intent to recognize Arabic language and characters using AI technology and with the help of researchers from the Kingdom and Huawei.

The reform plan Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia is a package of economic and social policy measures with which the kingdom is to be freed from dependence on oil exports.

SDAIA is seeking help from IBM to develop “real world use cases” of AI in the health, energy and other sectors and to train it through a strategic relationship.

Saudi Arabia plans to train 20,000 people in AI over the next ten years.

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