QITCOM 2019 (Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition) – deals worth over QR4.5bn signed
* 5th edition was largest in terms of contracts agreed
George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor
Curtains came down on the 5th edition of Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2019) organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) under the theme “Safe Smart Cities” with deals worth QR4.5bn signed making this fifth edition the largest in terms of the volume of contracts agreed.
QITCOM 2019 held over four days from 29th October to 1st November.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had attended the opening of QITCOM 2019.
The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and a number of his excellency sheikhs and ministers.
MOTC also hosted a Smart City Expo Doha on the sidelines of QITCOM 2019 showcasing Qatar’s eagerness to improve the lives of its people and residents by utilising top tier technologies and innovations.
His Excellency Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, the Minister of Transport and Communications, and HE Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, delivered a speech on the opening stating that holding two events in Qatar shows the nation’s wise leadership is keen to support the digital transformation of the country and create an integrated digital society.
It enhanced the Qatari people’s ability to participate in the building of a knowledge-based economy that helps Qatar keep abreast of the digital boom the world is witnessing, and advance economic development.
At a global level, smart cities and smart city technologies play a major role in economic growth. According to estimates, the use of 5G technologies will help save about $160 billion globally by rationalizing energy consumption, developing security, transport, and communication services, and helping to achieve sustainability.
The global economic value of the Internet of Things is estimated to reach about $11 trillion annually by 2025.
This year’s QITCOM showcased innovative and creative technologies thereby producing a knowledge-sharing platform for technology providers, policy-makers, industry experts and thought-leaders marking an A-Z of important tech-savvy companies from Aaroh Business Solutions to Zoho Corporation.
This event featured over 90 international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups and 300 innovators, entrepreneurs and several contributors to the integrated ecosystem thereby making QITCOM 2019 a one-stop-shop for participants to showcase disruptive smart technologies and exchange next-generation knowledge.
The Entrepreneurship Zone (EZ) at QITCOM 2019 consisting of 5 main platforms provided a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and professionals to achieve their ambitions, learn from the best about digital entrepreneurship, network and gain inspiration to grow their business that leads to innovative changes.
Around 300 entrepreneurs participated in the EZ activities, additionally around 100 local, regional and international startups also showcased their products and services.
MoTC also launched ‘Tawasol’ (https://tawasol.gov.qa/) – a portal designed for secure electronic collaboration between government employees where staff can set up audio and video meetings, chat, perform panel discussions, and distribute tasks.
Meanwhile, (MoTC) announced the commencement of implementing the e-tendering solution project that aims to provide a government-wide standardised electronic solution to automate government entities’ tendering processes in compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing tenders and auctions with the objectives to increase efficiency and improve transparency in government procurement management.
The first edition of the Smart City Expo Doha (SCE Doha), held on the sidelines QITCOM 2019 ended with the signing of an MoU between MOTC and Fira de Barcelona, the organisers of the Smart City Expo World Congress, to host the event annually for two more years.
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