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Prince Mohammed bin Khalid Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of stc, and Olayan bin Mohammed Alwetaid, chief executive of stc Group, congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people, on the occasion of the 92nd National Day.

The stc chairman said: “The 92nd National Day anniversary comes as we continue the march toward progress and development, moving forward to achieve the ambitions and goals set by our wise leadership under Vision 2030.”

He added: “The great and diverse achievements we see today across different areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are the absolute proof that the march started by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 is steadily moving forward toward building our great nation with the help of Saudi hands.

“The huge digital leaps reflect the Kingdom’s accomplishments and have given the Kingdom a solid digital infrastructure that has enabled it to face crises and ensure business continuity across various fields. These changes resulted in an increasing demand for digital services, which helped accelerate digital transformation as one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and a key driver of development in the digital economy.

“The core of stc’s mission is constantly focused on innovation and development of digital solutions to establish its local and regional leadership as well as its global reputation, in addition to playing a pivotal role as one of the leading digital enablers in the Kingdom and the region.”

Prince Mohammed bin Khalid expressed appreciation for the wise leadership for their support and interest in uplifting the ICT sector while enhancing the digital transformation process and consolidating the position of the Kingdom as the largest and fastest growing digital economy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Meanwhile, stc Group CEO Alwetaid said: “The ICT sector contributes to the growth of the digital economy in the Kingdom at an unprecedented pace. During H1 of 2022, stc Group investments reached SR5 billion ($1.3 billion). This helped establish the Kingdom’s position as one of the world’s largest economies.”

He said that the stc Group will continue its strategy to expand and grow in nontraditional ways by building strategic partnerships, establishing specialized technology companies and making acquisitions as part of its efforts to achieve its vision of growth, while relying on the group’s modern infrastructure and technologies.

“During this year, we have concluded several partnerships with a number of international companies, including an agreement to localize data centers and train Saudi talents with Huawei, an agreement to enhance 5G networks with Ericsson, develop areas of innovation with Microsoft and other agreements aimed at developing technological fields in the Kingdom. We also launched the Saudi Cloud Computing Company in partnership with Alibaba Cloud and established Saudi Arabia’s SITE and SCAI.”

Furthermore, we announced an IoT company in partnership with the Public Investment Fund and launched an initiative to establish a major digital center — MENA Hub — for the Middle East and North Africa region. Moreover, our investments in submarine cables, adopted initiatives, had a sustainable impact on society, the economy and the environment. The InspireU incubator supports entrepreneurs in their technology startups, reaching 75 projects till date, with a market value today exceeding hundreds of millions in addition to 15 new projects in the ninth batch,” Alwetaid said.

“We are pleased with our achievements as a culmination of our ongoing contributions to the growth and prosperity of the ICT sector,” he said.

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