Riyadh, March 31, 2021: His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Khaled Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of stc, praised the launch of the Shareek private sector partnership program at the initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, may God bless him. Al-Faisal praised the program’s goals of enhancing the contribution of local companies to the sustainable development of local economy, noting that Shareek will have a great impact on supporting local companies, especially by enabling them to capture local investments of more than SAR 5 trillion by the end of 2030.
His Royal Highness affirmed the company’s continued endeavors to enhance its leadership in the digitisation of various public and private sectors, enhancing Saudi Arabia’s position as a regional digital services hub. He noted that stc is committed to harnessing all its human, material, and technological capacities to support the Shareek Program as a partner, to promote cooperation between the private and public sectors and achieve the objectives set by the ambitious Vision of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
He added that stc’s strategy has focused primarily on alignment with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, especially in terms of digital transformation and approval of initiatives and projects that have a lasting impact on the economy, society, and the environment. This was reflected in the launch of its DARE strategy for growth in new non-traditional paths, including digital payments, digital media, cybersecurity, AI-based solutions, the Internet of Things, and G5.
For his part, the CEO of stc Group, Eng. Olayan M. Alwetaid, thanked His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for his initiative of launching the Shareek Program, noting that this program along with other recent initiatives launched by His Highness confirm his belief in the private sector and its pivotal role in the growth of the Saudi economy, “as we felt through our participation in this initiative the importance of aligning roles and responsibilities between the private and public sectors”. The CEO noted the important role of the communications and information technology sector in digitisation to achieve the Saudi vision and its positive impact on the Saudi economy. He pointed out the role of this sector in keeping pace with the future. This is best evidenced by stcpay‘s success as the first fintech unicorn in Saudi Arabia and the region. In addition, stc supported entrepreneurship projects through the inspireU incubator, which has produced dozens of projects referred to today as a true success story to be told. The company’s strategy has also included a framework in line with the sustainable development areas and goals in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially through the fair practice of business, enhancement of economic impacts, enrichment of life and experiences, expansion of access to technology and communication, promotion of innovative digital opportunities, as well as caring for the environment, empowerment of human resources, especially women, and promotion of gender equality of opportunity.