- His Excellency Haytham Al Ohali, Vice Minister in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, graced the event, held in the Kingdom for the first time.
Pakistan (Muhammad Yasir) Huawei held its 2023 Middle East and Central Asia (ME&CA) Annual Meeting Awards Giving Ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday 18 February, bringing together Huawei representatives from 21 countries. His Excellency Haytham Al Ohali, Vice Minister in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, graced the event, held in the Kingdom for the first time.
Huawei used the meeting to align on 2023 objectives while recognizing staff for excellence in driving business objectives and differentiated customer experiences. Executives, led by Steven Yi, Huawei President for Middle East and Central Asia, led discussions on business development for the year ahead.
Haytham Al Ohali said: “We realize the benefits of working with the private sector to enhance our ICT capabilities in support of Saudi Vision 2030. This partnership marks another important phase in our ongoing collaboration with Huawei, whose outcome will elevate the Kingdom’s competitiveness and help to nurture the country’s digital economy.”
Steven Yi said: “This is a significant milestone for the first time in our history, in Riyadh, where Huawei CEOs and regional management teams from 21 countries gathered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Huawei will continue to invest in Saudi Arabia and support the growth of local Saudis. At the same time, we will perform more and more regional management functions in Saudi Arabia and comply with the laws and regulations of the Saudi government.This event was, therefore, an ideal opportunity to celebrate these individual and collective triumphs while formulating another fruitful year ahead. In 2023 and beyond, we remain committed to helping build a connected, intelligent world while inspiring our partners to deliver differentiated services to their customers.”
The ME&CA Annual Meeting and Awards Giving Ceremony is the culmination of another highly successful year for Huawei in the region.
In February last year, Huawei announced it would build a cloud region in Saudi Arabia during the inaugural LEAP event, a boost for local businesses and governments’ ability to access more robust and secure cloud services. Later in the year, the Kingdom signed an MoU with Huawei on advancing cloud computing and building smart cities. In June last year, Huawei, in partnership with the Saudi Space Commission, unveiled ‘Future Space’, its first technology experience center in Saudi Arabia. Then in December 2022, The Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei signed an MoU to enhance cooperation in ICT on the sidelines of the historic visit of His Excellency President of China Xi Jinping to the Kingdom. MCIT and Huawei pledged to collaborate to realize a ’10Gbps Society’, seeking to build a superfast broadband infrastructure to support the digital transformation goals of Saudi Vision 2030.