The Minister of Information and Telecommunications, Mihailo Jovanovic, and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Qatar, Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Manai, signed today in Doha a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies between the two governments.
Minister Jovanović expressed great satisfaction that he has the opportunity to visit Qatar and sign a Memorandum in the field of information and communication technologies with this country, which is the first intergovernmental agreement between the two governments since 2017.
“By signing today’s Memorandum, we are improving the relations between the two countries, and it is indicative that this is precisely the field of information and communication technologies, where Serbia is recognized as a regional leader in Southeast Europe. We will intensify our cooperation through the exchange of knowledge related to the construction of large data centers and cooperation with global to cloud leaders such as Oracle, Microsoft, Google and Amazon.
Also, colleagues from Qatar are very interested in projects in the field of biotechnology that the Government of Serbia is working on, especially the construction of the large BIO4 campus,” said Jovanović. He added that he used the meeting to invite them to the Belgrade Biotech Future Forum in October, the ministry announced.
The minister said that last year, a record was broken when it comes to ICT exports in the amount of 2.7 billion euros, and added that he expects Serbia to reach far more than three billion euros in ICT exports at the end of this year. We hope that it will amount to four billion, Jovanović added.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Qatar, Mohammed bin Ali Al Manai, said that he was extremely pleased to witness the signing of this important memorandum of understanding between Qatar and Serbia in the ICT sector.
“This collaboration represents a significant step forward in strengthening the ties between our two peoples and fostering technological progress that will benefit our societies. Through this partnership, we aim to share expertise, knowledge and best practices in the ICT sector. Using our joint strengths, we can foster innovation, expand digital infrastructure and improve the connectivity of our citizens, businesses and governments,” said the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the State of Qatar, Mohammed bin Ali Al Manai.
The main objectives of this Memorandum are to support cooperation between state and private sector institutions in the use of information and communication technologies as a means of improving public services, supporting the exchange of practices in the field of regulatory policy and institutional framework with a special emphasis on the development of an internationally competitive service ICT industry, as and to participate in international events organized by both countries.