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DUBAI: Japan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Iwai Fumio congratulated the Kingdom after the Tawakkalna app was awarded the United Nations Public Service Award 2022 for institutional resilience and innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fumio tweeted: “Congratulations to the leadership, government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this great global achievement.”
ألف مبروك للمملكة العربية السعودية قيادةً وحكومةً وشعبًا على هذا الإنجاز العالمي العظيم🌹🥰🥰🇸🇦 https://t.co/Lo4Q3z9ybu— Iwai Fumio🇯🇵 (@FumioIwai) June 23, 2022
The award ceremony took place at an annual forum that recognizes distinguished figures in public service who work to achieve sustainable development goals.
Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi, President of the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), said that receiving the award illustrated the Crown Prince’s leadership and Chairman of the SDAIA’s Board of Directors’ unwavering support for the various initiatives launched by SDAIA to improve government collaboration and maximize the benefits of AI.
Dr. Alghamdi also emphasized SDAIA’s global and national accomplishments, as well as the efforts of national experts, which have propelled the Kingdom to the forefront of technological and digital fields.
Dr. Alghamdi stated that SDAIA’s advanced infrastructure reflected the Kingdom’s determination to achieve the Vision 2030 goals.
Tawakkalna was launched by SDAIA to assist the government in combating COVID-19.
The application managed the process of granting permits electronically during the curfew for government and private sector employees, as well as individuals, at the height of the pandemic. This aided in limiting the virus’s spread.
Tawakkalna then added pandemic-related services like health passport verification, COVID-19 test and vaccine services, reviewing health travel requirements, and managing travel requirements.
SDAIA recently launched Tawakkalna Services, a secure digitally-enabled application that provides various e-services that facilitate all aspects of people’s daily lives in Saudi Arabia.