Google Cloud has announced a strategic alliance with the Kuwaiti government to support the digitization of the country’s public sector. The partnership will focus on digitizing government services, securely migrating and storing national data on the cloud, and establishing a national digital skills program. In addition, Google Cloud plans to invest in a cloud region in Kuwait, its third in the Middle East after Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and is considering opening an office in the country.
The Gulf region is investing heavily in digital technologies to improve efficiency in the government sector and make public services more accessible online. The move is also part of an effort to diversify economies that are heavily reliant on oil. There is increasing competition among international players, including Chinese firms such as Huawei, for cloud service contracts as part of Gulf national economic transformation plans. No financial details of the agreement between Google Cloud and the Kuwaiti government were disclosed.