Saudi Arabia strikes deal with Microsoft for Vision 2030

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs a MoU with Microsoft to train young Saudi nationals

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Saudi Arabia strikes deal with Microsoft for Vision 2030 The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Deputy Crown Prince and by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 22, 2016

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has signed an agreement with Microsoft to boost training amongst young Saudi nationals as part of Vision 2030.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Deputy Crown Prince and by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, with the aim that the MoU will speed up the pace of the digital transformation in the Kingdom, as-well-as expand its systems support centre at Saudi Arabia's royal court.

Microsoft's Nadella expressed his enthusiasm in entering the partnership with Saudi Arabia and to assist in achieving Vision 2030. He said: "Microsoft will come out with technology to translate the Vision 2030 into a reality, with a focus on human capital and innovation, and we aspire to achieve it as early as possible."

According to reports, during his visit to Silicon Valley, the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also met Cisco's chairman, John Chambers, to sign a MoU with the aim to help build Saudi Arabia's telecommunications infrastructure.

The Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is currently visiting the US, where he has already met US President Barack Obama, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and Democratic and Republican senators.

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