Muscat: His Excellency the Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology has inaugurated the virtual Communications and Information Technology Exhibition ‘COMEX 2021’ on Sunday, May 30, 2021, with over 85 participants that included institutions and companies.
A statement issued online by the Oman News Agency (ONA), said: “His Excellency Eng. Said bin Hamoud bin Said Al-Maawali, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology inaugurates virtually the Communications and Information Technology Exhibition ‘COMEX 2021’ under the slogan ‘Digital Transformation and Accelerated Utilisation of the Future’. The participants included 10 government institutions and around 80 private sector companies and also some international companies.”
The exhibition aims to shed light on the main trends and updates in the field of information and communication technology around the world, and to introduce digital transformation initiatives and digital services and products.
His Excellency affirms that the Ministry seeks to have a pivotal role in ‘Oman Vision 2040’ by building a thriving digital economy, through the implementation of a number of national projects and initiatives such as digital transformation initiatives in government and economic sectors, and artificial intelligence initiatives and stimulating emerging, small, medium and large companies. Also finding income-generating opportunities as well as supporting technical innovation and attracting technical investments from both inside and outside Oman.
This will also help to complete the digitization process of government services. It is also working in cooperation with various entities to define the strategic direction for a thriving digital economy in line with Oman's future vision 2040.
His Excellency indicated that the Sultanate, within the framework of the United Nations e-government survey for 2020, has achieved the 24th position internationally, and the second in the Gulf and Arab countries in the e-services development index, and the 50th internationally in the e-government development index.
In the Network Readiness report, Oman ranked 44th out of a total of 134 countries in 2020, and in the International Cyber Security Readiness Index, Oman ranked 16th in the world out of 175 countries in 2020.