It aimed at spreading awareness about 4IR. The workshop discussed concerns such as the significance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Oman, the part of revolution in shaping a prosperous economy and the readiness of the telecommunications sector in Oman for this revolution.
H E Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs, MoTC stated, “The ICT sector plays a key role in the economic and social development of countries and their competitiveness which contribute in the creation of knowledge-based economies.”
He stated that the elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as information, Artificial Intelligence and robots have began to alter the balance of financial energy. “We need an integrated system that includes policymakers, sector regulators, educational institutions, service providers and various user groups so that the telecom sector can enhance its economic and social contribution.”
Dr Saud bin Humaid al Shukaily, director common, Communications and Postal Services, MoTC, stated, “We are currently preparing a national strategy for the telecomm sector. The strategy will enable the sultanate and other economic sectors to enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Oman has numerous elements that will assist it to enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as the coverage of the mobile telephone reaching 160 per cent and mobile Internet coverage at 99 per cent. There are also 13 submarine cables passing by means of the Sea of Oman.
Dr Shukaily stressed the significance of educated manpower to take benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “Twenty-3 per cent of all graduates from universities and colleges in Oman have specialised in programmes connected to the telecommunications sector. These national cadres can assist Oman to make a quantum leap to enter the planet of the Fourth Industrial Revolution when they obtain the correct expertise.
“The sultanate is making great efforts in the development of youth skills such as the National Youth Program for Skills implemented by the Diwan of Royal Court to develop their skills to enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily