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AI-driven digital transformation to enable path to Oman Vision 2040

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MUSCAT: Oman's commitment to embracing the digital era was illustrated at the OERLive DX 2023 event held here on Thursday, September 14, 2023, under the auspices of Shaikh Salim bin Mustahail al Mashani. The transformative event saw influential figures, including His Highness Sayyid Azzan bin Kais al Said, reinforcing the country’s dedication to technological innovation and progress, aligned with the goals of Oman Vision 2040.

Dr Salim Sultan Rezaiqi, Chairman of Oman Information Technology Society (OITS), said: “We must recognize the indisputable reality of our existence in a digital era. Our lives have been significantly and fundamentally altered by the progress of technology, from the emergence of the internet to the arrival of artificial intelligence. These innovations are not mere luxuries but the vital foundation of our economies.”

Oman Vision 2040, the nation's comprehensive development strategy, took center stage at the event. This forward-thinking initiative aims to diversify Oman's economy, promote sustainable development, and create a vibrant society. The event illuminated how technology and innovation are integral to realizing the ambitious objectives outlined in this visionary roadmap.

The event featured two noteworthy panel discussions addressing critical aspects of Oman's digital transformation journey. The first discussions underscored the crucial link between digital transformation and Oman Vision 2040. Participating panelists shed light on how technology is reshaping various sectors, from IT to workforce reskilling, to align with the objectives of Oman Vision 2040. Topics included e-governance, smart cities, and the digitization of essential services.

The second panel delved into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Experts in the field explored the transformative potential of AI, Machine Learning, Data Processing, and Data Sciences. The discussions spanned across sectors such as Insurtech and Software as a Service (SaaS), showcasing how AI is revolutionizing industries and driving innovation in Oman.

Maqbool al Wahaibi, CEO of Oman Data Park (ODP), said: “We gradually expanded our focus into the realm of security and ventured into the domain of artificial intelligence. This was achieved by entering into numerous agreements with various international partners on a global scale. Our aim was to create and sustain a robust ecosystem, ensuring that we deliver the most advanced and superior technologies to our audience.

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