Middle East: Catherine Chen, senior corporate vice president and member of the Huawei board of directors, highlighted how building trust in a digital society will require the joint efforts of policymakers, regulators and from the private sector.
His comments were delivered during a speech at the St. Gallen Symposium, an annual gathering of current and future leaders from around the world. The annual gathering of current and future leaders celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, welcoming 1,000 participants to the three-day intergenerational dialogue. Chen joined political leaders and representatives of transnational organizations to exchange views on this year’s symposium theme, “Trust Matters.”
“As more devices have connectivity, more services come online, and more critical infrastructure relies on real-time data exchange, governments around the world must ensure to ensure that everyone is protected by the highest security standards. Only a common set of rules can guarantee a level of security that creates confidence in technology, ”Chen said.
Participants at the event agreed that trust is inherently based on openness and transparency, and that it is time to take concrete and achievable steps to address the common challenges and risks that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As members of the younger generation, we are connected to a greater number of people through social media, but that does not correspond to a circle of people that we can trust,” said Simon Zulliger, member of the team of 35 students from the University of St. Gallen who organized this year’s symposium.
Chen hoped the next generation of leaders would build trust and shape a world of ubiquitous connectivity. “I urge them to continue to develop positive relationships between communities, individuals and their environment. We need to build strong trust in technology, made possible by a common set of rules, innovations and progress. is that then we can commit to sustainability and trust, use of technology, ”she concluded.
Chen’s comments echo the company’s recent reaffirmation and commitment to supporting digital transformation across the Middle East by building stronger cybersecurity mitigation programs with local partners and governments.
This commitment comes at a time when overall information and communication technology (ICT) spending in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa is expected to make a comeback, amounting to positive growth of over $ 209.5 billion. USD in 2021 after the last contraction. year, according to IDC1 projections.
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