Muscat, Dec 10 (ONA) --- The Ministry of Technology and Communications (MoTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company to launch a Center of Excellence (CoE) for open source. The MoU was signed by Dr. Salim bin Sultan al-Ruzaiqi and Sanjeev Tayal, Wipro Limited Vice President and Business Head in the Middle East.
Under this MoU, MoTC and Wipro will collaborate to build, deploy and sustain the CoE, as well as accelerate adoption of open source technologies in the public and private sectors in the Sultanate and the GCC countries.
The CoE will focus on building a talent base of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) graduates specializing in open source capabilities through comprehensive training and skill development programs. It will encourage co-innovation by collaborating with local and regional industries (small, medium and large enterprises) in the Sultanate and contribute to its in-country value (ICV).
MoTC will work with Wipro to develop solutions and services leveraging open source technologies to enable Digital Transformation, Connected Everything / Industry4.0, Legacy Modernization, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Native Architecture for the education, energy, natural resources and utilities (ENU), banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), defense and security, transport and logistics, government, tourism and communications industries in the Sultanate.
The agreement is closely aligned to the Sultanate’s vision of positioning itself as one of the most recognized country for open source expertise in the GCC region. Wipro will continue to make long-term investments in resources and infrastructure to build this CoE and help MoTC unlock the potential of open source. Through this MoU, Wipro will expand its local presence in the Sultanate and enable MoTC to realize their goals of building a digital economy and becoming a regional IT powerhouse.
Hassan Fida al-Lawati, Director General of Digital Society Development in the Ministry of Technology and Communications said, “This MoU is an important milestone towards developing open source expertise in the Sultanate, and enriching the country’s technology portfolio. We are confident that this agreement will help the Sultanate become a thriving digital economy with new job opportunities, providing the Sultanate’s young generation a better future.”