Collaboration reaffirms commitment to the Kingdom’s digital transformation agenda and Vision 2030.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates—October, 2017— The National Digitization Unit (NDU) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NXN (formerly neXgen), a leading smart city consulting and digital service provider in the Middle East and Africa, marking NDU’s first step towards harnessing open data to achieve the digital transformation of the Kingdom.
The MOU underpins an existing partnership between the two entities to support and develop NDU’s digital transformation agenda in the domains of digital services development and activation, platform innovation and most importantly data governance. The scope of the agreement covers four strategic themes of the Kingdom’s digital vision which are: Digital Society, Digital Economy, Digital Nation and Digital Talent.
The MoU was announced by Mrs. Deemah Al-Yahya, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Digitization Unit, and Mr. Ghazi Atallah, CEO of NXN, on 10th of October 2017 at the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai.
NXN will work with NDU and the Open Data Committee hand-in-hand to create the open and shared data governance framework that requires a Kingdom-wide classification framework, and a Policy Framework and Standards Architecture. These include the complete suite of regulatory instruments as well as technical and process guidelines required to support the initiative.
NXN has invested into developing a multi-million-dollar digital platform “DNX” to serve regional nations with a ready to use platform for digital and smart transformation across the Middle East based on open and shared data. This is significant considering that Middle East North Africa (MENA) digital transformation market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 15.1% until 2020. Countries, including the KSA, are increasingly introducing e-Government and smart city initiatives, with the objective to transform themselves into digitally-enabled countries.
Mrs. Deemah Al-Yahya, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Digitization Unit, said, “Open data holds huge potential in achieving development goals in a fast changing world. The National Digitization Unit’s decision to join hands with NXN reflects our keen desire to utilize the advantages offered by digitization to tap into open data to achieve the nation’s strategic plans for the future. It also comes in line with our mission to leverage global and regional partnerships to drive rapid and sustainable national digital transformation, and realize the Kingdom’s national digital vision to rise to the forefront of digital nations with a diversified economy that builds on the nation’s talent and innovative spirit,”.
“NDU has embraced an ambitious digital agenda to achieve its goal of becoming a digital leader by 2025. This agreement is a solid attestation to this ambition further strengthening NXN’s strategic relationship with NDU. It will bring readily deployable solutions for the Kingdom’s Smart Cities and Districts through NXN’s digital platform, enabling various stakeholders across the Kingdom to leverage these innovative services in their digital transformation journey. Delivering simple and effective services to our customers from our industry collaboration efforts is always our overarching goal, said Ghazi Atallah, CEO of NXN.
Atallah added, “Moreover, this partnership is in line with our strategy to build a quick-to-market ecosystem that involves various industry players to enable open, better connected nations based on open and shared data. This alliance allows us to capitalize on NXN’s ‘s regional presence and know-how in addressing the ever-growing appetite for digital solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while developing and activating NDU’s digital initiatives and drafting key selected Saudi digital sector blueprints.”