Riyadh Municipality selects IBM for blockchain integration

IBM and Elm will develop blockchain solutions for Riyadh Municipality

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Riyadh Municipality selects IBM for blockchain integration IBM and Elm will collaborate on blockchain strategy and solutions for the Municipality.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 11, 2018

Riyadh Municipality has selected IBM as its strategic partner for the integration of blockchain technology.

IBM will work closely with Elm Company, the municipality's technology partner, to develop an implementation strategy to facilitate government services and transactions on blockchain.

The deployment of blockchain is intended to serve customers digitally, and to support the transformational objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030.

Eng. Tariq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Fares, Secretary of Al Riyadh Region, expressed optimism about the new partnership between Al Riyadh Municipality and Elm Company, which has extensive experience in the digital field by working with IBM, in the integration of the blockchain technology at the municipal sector level. This will contribute immensely to enhancing these services for the benefit of citizens and residents in Al Riyadh. He pointed out that this move comes in accordance with the directives of the Saudi Government to work towards enhancing the quality of municipal services for customers and to incorporate latest technological innovations in services, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Riyadh Municipality, IBM and Elm will jointly organize workshops in collaboration with key government departments, and private and semi-government sectors in Al Riyadh to identify services which can be transformed and enhanced through blockchain. IBM will then design the first blockchain-based solution at the municipality level, while Elm will integrate the technology into government's services as the next stage.

Dr Abdulrahman Al Jadhai, Chief Executive Officer of Elm, said: "We are proud of the partnership that will significantly enhance the methods and procedures of the services provided by the Municipality. Elm is continuously applying its expertise, innovative capabilities, national talents and global partnerships towards the systematic digital development that ensures improved efficiency, in line with the Kingdom's National Transformation Program 2020. The expertise of Elm will contribute to enriching customer experience, to build the best solutions for both public and private sectors and to contribute to the transformation towards an e-Government model, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030."

"Blockchain is a revolutionary way to do business - and IBM is in the forefront of it. We believe that this technology has the ability to change the world in the same way that the Internet while redefining how business and transactions happen," said Tarek Zarg El Aioun, Country General Manager, IBM Saudi Arabia. "Through the collaboration between Riyadh Municipality, Elm and IBM, we will be able to help the Saudi government reimagine and transform the way in which services are provided to citizens, residents, businesses, and visitors. It is a strategic step towards supporting the objectives of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030."

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