CITRA, AWS sign coop deal

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) , Wed, Sep 5, 2018

WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (KUNA) -- Salem Muthib Al-Athainah, Chairman and CEO of Kuwait's Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), and Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS), inked a memorandum of understanding on cooperation.

The MoU, signed on sidelines of the visit to Washington by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is in keeping with Kuwait vision 2035 for digital transformation of the country, Al-Athainah told KUNA on Tuesday.

"The document will help promote the development of cloud service governance that would enhance the performance of the government bodies," he said.

"It falls in the framework of Kuwait's quest to diversify the sources of the national income, build information-based economy and leverage the use of ICT in government services," he pointed out.

Under the deal, CITRA and AWS will cooperate in the areas of building the capacity of the national cadres and promoting the cloud service governance skills, Eng Al-Athainah added.

On her part, Carlson said, "We are very excited about this MOU with Kuwait and we believe it really brings an amazing opportunity into Kuwait for digital innovation.

"We will be focusing on areas such as the Ministry of Education, the ministry of health and we will be working with the telecommunications industry and one of our big goals is to work with also the educational and job skills because we believe in the ability to upskill and re-skill the citizens and students is going to be really exciting," she noted.

"This is also going to be an amazing opportunity from a security and cyber security perspective to be able to work with the country on data classification to help them with what should their cloud first policy look like, to be able to really enable a model that helps the country be more secure -- to really have a model that helps them move forward.

"We are very excited with what we are doing with Kuwait and we have been working across the Gulf and the Middle East for about four years now and we believe that this brings an opportunity to expand what we are doing in that region in general," Carlson added. (pickup previous)