Muscat (UNA-OIC) – The Oman Health Ministry’s project titled “Use of artificial intelligence in early detection of breast cancer” won the World Summit on Information Society Award 2020, category of “electronic applications in health field”.
The event was organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in cooperation with UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The forum runs from June 22 to September 11, 2020.
The announcement was made during the Sultanate’s participation in the fifth week of the virtual forum of the World Summit on Information Society’s Award 2020.
The prize will be handed over during the summit’s session in September this year.
From his side, Minister of Technology and Communications, Eng. Azza bint Sulaiman al-Ismaili took part in the senior administrator’s workshop titled “Applications and Services of Information and Communications Technology”.
The minister explained that the Sultanate espouses new innovative approaches in some services that focus on citizens and entrepreneurship sectors. She pointed out that, at the beginning of this year, a 4IR center (for the 4th Industrial Revolution) was set up with the purpose of establishing solid grounds for the development of modern techniques.
She added that, due to the current world circumstances imposed by a coronavirus (COVID-19), a National Committee was recently formed under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Technology to rally support for all ICT projects, including artificial intelligence ventures, with the prime objective of backing government establishments in their fight against the pandemic.
Eng. Azza noted that the National Committee joined hands with the Ministry of Health in developing a composite platform to the Ministry’s system of monitoring during the period of diagnosis, follow-up, and tracing of medical cases of infected persons who undergo health quarantine by using artificial intelligence and tracking techniques.
In another session, titled “Establishing Confidence and Security in the Uses of ICT”, CEO of Information Technology Authority, Dr. Salim al-Ruzaiqi pointed out that the Sultanate was endorsed by the ITU to manage and operate the Regional Cybersecurity Centre (RCC) in the Arab world in 2013.
Al-Ruzaiqi explained that the RCC supports member states in addressing challenges through orientation and consultancy services when these countries are drafting national cybersecurity strategies.
The center helps in the establishment of national informatics security centers and organizes conferences and training programs for ICT emergency response teams to prepare them to tackle threats targeting their respective countries.
The RCC has so far organized 74 training programs and workshops in 16 countries, benefiting more than 8,000 cybersecurity specialists.
It is worth noting that the World Summit on Information Society’s forum is fully convened online (via videoconferencing) and that its weekly agenda contains different topics and events attended by specialists and decision-makers in the sector of ICT from around the world. Also, a virtual exhibition and a hackathon in ICT are organized on the sidelines of the forum.