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Five nations unite to launch the Digital Cooperation Organization to Realize a Digital Future for All
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Senior government officials from several nations patronized the launch of the 
Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) Thursday – a global organization aimed 
at strengthening cooperation across all innovation driven areas and 
accelerating growth of the digital economy. The event was attended by H.E. 
Houlin Zhao ITU Secretary General and H.E. Borge Brende, President, World 
Economic Forum.

Founded by Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, the DCO is 
driven by a vision to realize a digital future for all by empowering women, 
youth and entrepreneurs, growing the digital economy, and leapfrogging with 

"We are joining hands together towards a commitment to drive consensus on 
digital cooperation to make sure that we seize an opportunity for our youth, 
our women and our entrepreneurs with the ambition to grow our combined digital 
economy to one trillion dollars in the next 3-5 years," said H.E. Abdullah Amer 
Al-Swaha, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Communications and Information Technology. 
"Our future prosperity will depend on the digital economy. But it can only 
reach its full potential if we are able to make governments work together 
collectively with businesses, and entrepreneurs so they can survive and thrive, 
expand their depth into current markets and open doors for everyone into new 

The launch of the DCO follows the conclusion of Saudi Arabia's G20 Presidency 
to maintain the Kingdom's momentum on accelerating the growth of the digital 
economy across the region and the globe, as nations everywhere increase their 
adoption of remote learning, telemedicine and contact-less economic systems to 
survive and thrive beyond the social and economic impact of COVID-19.

"This is a critical step towards ensuring that our digital economies are 
innovative and future-proof," H.E. Ahmad Hanandeh, Jordan's Minister of Digital 
Economy and Entrepreneurship, said. "To create sustainable change, we cannot 
work in silos; this is a collective and global collaboration. This is where our 
digital journeys intersect and we can learn from and support one another, which 
will in turn open doors for our youth and sectors to benefit from these 

Based on its digitally-focused charter, the DCO welcomes participation and 
guidance from the private sector, international organizations, non-government 
organizations and the academic world.

"The Kingdom of Bahrain is pleased to be part of such a dynamic initiative and 
a founding member of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO). We thank the 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this initiative and are confident that the DCO will 
enable members to respond and adapt in an agile and swift manner to the 
ever-changing digital scene. As we have taken steps at a national level to 
leverage ICT technologies to enhance government efficiency and processes, the 
Kingdom of Bahrain also believes that fostering regional and international 
collaboration is a valuable extension to our national efforts," H.E. Kamal bin 
Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain's Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications 

The founding members of the DCO have joined forces to establish the 
organization motivated by their shared interests concerning the digital economy 
that can only be realized through collaboration. 

"We believe that the DCO will offer Kuwait a great opportunity to further 
develop its national digital agenda as well as to further progress the global 
digital agenda," H.E. Salim Al-Ozainah, Chairman and CEO of Kuwait's 
Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority, said.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister, H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi added: 
"Pakistan is privileged to be a founding member of the Digital Cooperation 
Organization and to work closely with our partners to guide and lead a global 
digital agenda."

On this occasion, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Artificial 
Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, H.E. Omar Sultan Al 
Olama, commented, "We congratulate the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King 
Salman Al Saud, his Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman 
Al Saud, and our fellow brothers and sisters, the people of the Kingdom of 
Saudi Arabia, for launching the Digital Cooperation Organization, and we praise 
this step in progressing digital transformation, which will support the broader 
technology sector. The adoption of both emerging and advanced technologies 
around the world will support global efforts in creating a sustainable and 
bright future for all of humanity."

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About the Digital Cooperation Organization:
The Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) is focused on the digital economy 
and aims to strengthen collaboration among member nations as they adapt to a 
global economy increasingly defined by technological innovation. The DCO's 
founding members are Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

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