Saudi Arabia's NDU signs NXN for open data

National Digitization Unit signs MoU with NXN to develop open data framework and architecture

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Saudi Arabia's NDU signs NXN for open data Deemah Al-Yahya, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Digitization Unit, and Ghazi Atallah, CEO of NXN, signed the MoU at GITEX.
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia's National Digitization Unit (NDU) has signed a memorandum of understanding with NXN to support the Kingdom's digital transformation and help to develop its open data initiative.

The NDU was established earlier this year, with responsibility responsible for guiding all of the digital elements of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 plan and the National Transformation Program 2020.

The MoU builds on the existing partnership between the NDU and smart city consulting and service provider NXN which is focused on digital services development and activation, platform innovation and data governance.

Under the new agreement, NXN (formerly neXgen) will work with the NDU and Saudi Arabia's open data committee to develop open data programs to support digital transformation. 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.

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.

The MoU was announced by Deemah Al-Yahya, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Digitization Unit, and Ghazi Atallah, CEO of NXN, during Gitex Technology Week.

Deemah Al-Yahya 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.

"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."

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