As part of Google’s expansion of its Cloud services into the Middle East, the tech giant has signed up to a strategic alliance with the government of Kuwait. The move shows a solid commitment to the region’s digital future, and as part of the agreement, the two entities will collaborate on a comprehensive digital roadmap that will encompass both governmental entities and state-owned enterprises.
As part of its expansion, Google Cloud aims to set up a local headquarters in Kuwait and will team up with the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA), the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), and the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT).
The Government of Kuwait and Google Cloud will work towards “digitizing citizen services” and increasing employee productivity. In addition, the partnership will begin implementing several transformative initiatives that will help to digitize a broad range of sectors, including healthcare, education, disaster recovery, and smart living.
By leveraging Google Cloud’s technology and formidable expertise in data analytics, the Government of Kuwait will also be able to improve regional cybersecurity and artificial intelligence deployment. Meanwhile, Google Cloud support will become available to public sector organizations, businesses, and startups to build a modern, data-driven economy.
“The strategic alliance supports the Government of Kuwait’s Vision 2035, which aims to transform Kuwait into a digital society and diversify its economy. We are proud to bring the latest Google Cloud technologies to Kuwait to help the country realize its digitization ambitions. The arrival of Google Cloud will contribute to developing a rich tech ecosystem in the country, creating exciting, highly-skilled job opportunities for Kuwaitis,” says Thomas Kurian, Chief Executive Officer, Google Cloud.
As well as a raft of economic benefits, the Google Cloud partnership will enable Kuwait’s Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) to develop a national upskilling program for government employees. All in all, the strategic allegiance looks set to radically overhaul Kuwait’s government and public sector, ushering in a new era where cutting-edge data analytics, machine learning, and enhanced security mesh seamlessly into everyday life.
ABB E-mobility Delivers Its Millionth EV Charger
Continued growth has been facilitated by doubling production capacity after the launch of the company’s new DC fast charger facility in Valdarno, Italy.
ABB is a leader in electrification and automation solutions and has just announced the delivery of its millionth electric vehicle charger — the latest milestone in the company’s ongoing mission to create an emission-free future using smart and reliable EV charging solutions.
ABB currently boasts a presence in over 85 markets. After the launch of the company’s new $30 million, 16,000 squared meter production facility in Valdarno, Italy, production capacity has doubled over the last two years. The cutting-edge manufacturing plant recently set a new benchmark for the EV sector, producing a fast charger unit every 20 minutes, thanks to the high-tech factory’s seven simultaneous production lines.
“While our continual investment in research and development shows our ongoing commitment to enhance the field of e-mobility, the global delivery of these solutions at scale is integral to the realization of our goals. I want to thank our customers globally for their continued collaboration in hitting this one millionth charger milestone. I look forward to the millions yet to come, and to the cleaner, greener world they will help create,” says Frank Mühlon, ABB E-mobility CEO.
In the United Arab Emirates, ABB has installed over 80 fast and high-power DC charging stations, making it one of the largest projects from a single brand in the region. The biggest station is in Yas, Abu Dhabi, and offers 20 DC fast and high-power chargers for owners of emissions-free vehicles.
“We are proud that ABB chargers are today powering electric vehicles across strategic locations in the country, including the sites of the Dubai Utility provider, DEWA, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Most of the car manufacturers and dealers in the UAE have ABB chargers in their showrooms and as well as car parking areas. We are confident ABB’s technical know-how, products, and research in the field of E-Mobility will continue to support the decision-makers in the Middle East to drive the transition to an emission-free future,” says Ahmed Abdu, E-mobility division lead, MENA region.
In addition to its Italian facility, ABB E-mobility has continued its global expansion. Earlier this month, the company announced a new United States facility that will eventually turn out over 10,000 chargers per year for the public sector, providing power to school buses and other fleets. As well as expansion into the USA, ABB E-mobility’s stake in Chinese charging provider, Chargedot, opens up another lucrative market for the EV charging giant.