The Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) in Oman has announced the formation of the Technological Innovation Committee to counter coronavirus COVID-19, headed by Her Excellency Azza bint Sulaiman Al Ismaili, the Minister of Technology and Communications and the membership of representatives from Ministry of Health, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Sultan Qaboos University, the Research Council, Public Establishment for Industrial Estates “madayn”, Oman Technology Fund (OTF) and Oman ICT Group.
This step comes in co-ordination with The Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 and in line with government’s efforts to limit the spread of this virus by adopting IT solutions as modern IT alternatives in dealing with its impact. This committee, which will be held continuously until combating coronavirus, will undertake supervising all IT initiatives directed to counter coronavirus, identifying priorities and requirements to ensure diversity of initiatives and avoid repetition. It will also organise and direct specialised national capabilities to provide innovative IT solutions to curb the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 through several aspects including: rapid diagnostic and epidemiological investigation, provision of medicine and remote health care in addition to providing health and medication supplies and prevention techniques. The committee will also work to promote quarantine and social distancing measures and find a unified mechanism to enhance social solidarity.