Khalifa Al Barwani: Datathon shows the interests of the statistical organizations in raising the capabilities of their employees

Ali Al-Azri: The training axes include the latest statistical trends, the statistics future and addressing the challenges of digital transformation

Muscat , October 2019: The Gulf Data Marathon (Datathon)  kicked off on 28th October and last to 3rd November2019, at the Mysk Al Mouj Hotel, under the patronage of  H.E. Dr. Khalifa bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Barwani, Chief Executiveo Officer of NCSI, with presence of A number of GCC  experts who are specialized in the  statistical  field .

Datathon considered, as is the first event of the second Gulf Statistics Forum that will be host by the Sultanate of Oman during the period of 9-10 December 2019, under the slogan (smart data).

Gulf Datathon, which aims to raise the skills of participants in data analysis via utilizing the latest technology, has started its functions by setting an advance course on the techniques of data analysis and data science for the participants, organized by GBM Company, followed by a competition program for the participants to create IT solution in the statistical sector.

Commenting on the event, of H.E. Dr. Khalifa bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Barwani, Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Statistics and Information, said: “The convening of this Datathon today in the Sultanate of Oman, shows the interests of the GCC statistical organizations in raising the capabilities of their employees, in particularly on the techniques that related to the 4th industrial revolution, which associates with statistical tasks.

Al Barwani pointed out that, the Gulf Datathon targets include, the exchange of expertise and skills among the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and to provide opportunities for the statistical entities to be acquainted with modern technologies in processing, analyzing and making available statistical indicators and information.

He added that , outputs of this datathon will enable those in charge of GCC statistical agencies and entities to reach what will enhance their capacity to improve productive and effective capabilities of  statistical and information cadres and to enable them to take advantage of the latest technologies provided by the fourth industrial revolution.

 Al Barwani thanks GPM for providing the advanced training course for the participants of GCC Datathon, the management team of Datathon and the participants of the function, wishing them great benefits and a pleasant stay in their second country, Oman.

 Ali bin Said Al-Azri, General Manager of Government Sales at GBM company stated that , GBM participation as a strategic partner of the Forum comes through its task to provide a platform ,tools  , trainers and experts in the areas of data analysis, artificial intelligence and digital transformation fields .

Al-Azri pointed out that, the training axes include the latest statistical trends, the statistics future and addressing the challenges of digital transformation