Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian meets with senior officials from public and private sector organizations in Qatar

  • A series of new agreements will help accelerate digital transformation initiatives with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Qatar Free Zone Authority, Qatar Financial Center Authority, Ooredoo Group and Al Fardan Group , to name a few.

Doha, Qatar, Sunday – Google Cloud today announced a series of new agreements with government agencies, economic trade groups and local businesses in Qatar, furthering the company’s continued support for the country as it is accelerating its digital transformation with cloud technologies in line with the National Vision 2030.

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, visited the country and met with a consortium of senior officials leading Qatar’s digital transformation roadmap and propelling the adoption of digital and cloud technologies across multiple sectors. During his visit, Kurian met with leaders from various sectors driving Qatar’s digital transformation, including; HE Sheikh Khalid Bin AbdulAziz Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar; HE Sheikh Bandar Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Governor of the Central Bank of Qatar, HE Mohammed Al Mannai, Minister of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), HE Ahmad Al Sayed, Minister of State and chairman of the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA).

In addition, Kurian also met with private sector leaders contributing to Qatar’s digital transformation, including Aziz Fakhroo, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar; Omar Al Fardan, Founder and Chairman of Al Fardan Group.

These meetings led to the signing of several agreements that will help organizations innovate and adapt to rapidly changing customer expectations, while equipping the local workforce with digital skills.

During the various high-level meetings that took place, Kurian and HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, discussed areas of collaboration that can accelerate the government’s digital transformation plans, in building a data-driven decision-making culture across all government entities and industries.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has awarded the Government Sector Cloud Computing Services Framework Agreement to Google Cloud, to accelerate digital transformation in the State of Qatar, in accordance to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to digitize government services in the country. The Qatari government will take advantage of the

the latest Google Cloud technologies, which include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), infrastructure and application modernization, as well as unique industry solutions to drive innovation in the country.

Commenting on the visit, Kurian said, “We are seeing an increase in the adoption of cloud technologies as more and more organizations in Qatar take advantage of the opportunities and growth that come with digital transformation. We are extremely proud to partner with Qatari companies and organizations to solve today’s most complex challenges, and we look forward to working closely with them to drive growth tomorrow.

Additionally, based on their existing strategic collaboration agreement, Google Cloud and the Qatar Free Zone Authority (QFZ) have signed an additional agreement that supports discussions on how QFZ can use Google Cloud solutions to develop a smart free zone. The MoU also provides further details regarding the opening of the Google Cloud Center of Excellence at QFZ’s offices in Qatar. The center launched virtually in June 2021 and has trained over 3,000 participants in cloud skills, acting as a catalyst in the development of Qatar’s digital workforce. The new location of the center will open its doors to participants in Qatar wishing to become certified digital leaders in the cloud and will offer free courses to the community.

Al Fardan Group, a leading business conglomerate spanning a wide range of industries and sectors in the region, has partnered with Google Cloud to support the group’s digital transformation and revolutionize its business processes through the implementation of cloud technologies. Alfardan’s vision of excellence will leverage Google’s technology and innovation in its premium business delivery. Google Cloud will also support the Group’s digital transformation to revolutionize its business processes by leveraging the latest AI and data analysis solutions.

Ooredoo Group discussed a new agreement with Google Cloud during the visit to use Apigee, Google Cloud’s API development and management platform, in applications managed by all its operating companies in Qatar, Indonesia, Algeria, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait, Palestine, Iraq, and the Maldives. The deployment of Apigee will be another step in the digital transformation journey of Ooredoo, which recently implemented Google Cloud’s contact center AI solution to improve the customer service experience and streamline millions of customers. calls that the telecommunications provider manages on a daily basis, before the next 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed between the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFC) and Google Cloud to launch a new digital platform for fintechs and financial institutions. Once the platform is deployed, more than 70 fintech companies operating under QFC will have access to Google Cloud technologies, enabling financial services companies operating under the QFC umbrella to innovate, create, execute and present their products on Google Cloud.

Finally, the visit to Qatar ended with a panel discussion attended by a group of industry decision-makers, who discussed strategies that could propel Qatar’s digital transformation. The roundtable brought together representatives from regulators and industries such as retail, media, financial services, telecommunications, utilities, transportation and the public sector.

Google Cloud previously announced plans to open a cloud region in Qatar and has strengthened its presence in the country by helping customers on their digital transformation journeys. According to Alphabeta Economics, Qatar can unlock $39 billion in economic impact by 2030 through the adoption of cloud-enabled digital technologies.

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