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The Report: Qatar 2024

ICT Sector Analysis

The prioritisation of the ICT sector is rooted in Qatar’s ambition to become a knowledge-based economy, in line with its long-term economic development plan. This strategy is a cornerstone of its...

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Africa’s data centre (DC) market is primed for substantial growth, with a projected 50% capacity increase by 2026. Fuelled by a burgeoning digital economy and rising internet penetration, the continent...

The Report: Ghana 2024

ICT Sector Analysis

This sector remains a major contributor to Ghana’s economic development, with its value expected to grow from $1bn in 2022 to $5bn by 2030 despite the fiscal constraints and currency depreciation...

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Qatar’s cybersecurity, cloud advancements key to diversification

Qatar’s prioritisation of its ICT sector is rooted in its ambition to become a knowledge-based economy, in line with the overarching economic development plan, Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV). This strategy is a cornerstone of its economic diversification plans and growth, with spending on ICT set to reach $6.2bn by 2026, compared to $5.6bn in 2023, according to US-based digital market intelligence firm International Data Corporation. This underscores the pivotal role that the intersection of technological and human...


Qatar's development blueprint focus on technological advancement

Qatar is in the initial phases of its National Development Strategy 2024-30 (NDS-3) to transform the country into an advanced economy capable of sustainable development. The plan prioritises competitiveness, innovation and institutional excellence, while balancing sustainable growth and social cohesion. The NDS-3 outlines seven strategic national outcomes that represent the main strategic priorities for the country’s next phase of development: sustainable economic growth, fiscal sustainability, a future-ready workforce...


Mohammed Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and IT

On creating the conditions to enable digital innovation


Ahmad Mohammed Al Kuwari, CEO, Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN)

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Governments collaborating to counter cyberthreats

The conflict in Ukraine has caused disruption across the global economy, prompting an increase in the number and sophistication of cyberattacks. According to a poll of 800 chief audit executives conducted by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, 77% of respondents thought the conflict in Ukraine had elevated cybersecurity and data-security risks. Senior cybersecurity analysts have said the invasion has been accompanied by a sustained cyber-conflict, with a large number of attacks and threats launched...

The Report: Kuwait 2024

ICT Sector Analysis

The New Kuwait 2035 long-term development plan focuses on reducing the country’s oil dependency by fostering economic diversification and building up the private sector. Among other goals, the plan seeks...

How ICT solutions are fuelling change in Saudi Arabia

Omer Abdullah Al Nomany, CEO, solutions by stc

In this Global Platform video, Omer Abdullah Al Nomany, CEO of solutions by stc, discusses business-to-business opportunities, Saudiisation and female participation in the sector.

ICT in Emerging Markets

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Ali Boumediene, CEO, Bomare

On boosting Algeria’s potential to export technology to new markets

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Gulf countries explore e-sports as part of diversification plans

As Gulf countries implement plans to diversify their economies and create jobs, they are increasingly investing in the growing industry around competitive video games known as electronic sports (e-sports). In February the gaming unit of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Savvy Games Group, purchased a $265m stake in China’s Tencent Holdings-backed e-sports company VSPO, becoming its largest equity holder. Savvy Games Group also increased its share of Japanese gaming giant Nintendo...

Economic News

The GCC’s latest efforts to bolster cybersecurity

With global geopolitical instability elevating the threat of cyberattacks against businesses and government agencies, the six countries of the GCC are rapidly building more robust and comprehensive cybersecurity strategies to respond to the evolving nature of cyberthreats. In a January 2023 survey of 117 global leaders from 32 countries and 22 industries, 91% of respondents believed that a far-reaching, catastrophic cyber-event was at least somewhat likely in the next two years, while 43% believed that a cyberattack...

Economic News

The competitive outlook for artificial intelligence in MENA

As part of ongoing efforts to diversify their economies and build a platform for sustainable future growth, MENA nations are increasingly turning towards artificial intelligence (AI). A slew of recent investment and initiatives – primarily in academia and the government, but also in the private sector – has reinvigorated interest from industry leaders around the globe in the potential for AI to strengthen the efficiency and sustainability of MENA economies...

Economic News

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine elevates cybersecurity concerns for emerging markets

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused disruptions across the global economy, from food to energy, but it has also prompted an increase in the number and sophistication of cyberattacks, exacerbating similar impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a recent poll of 800 chief audit executives conducted by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, 77% of respondents thought the war had elevated cybersecurity and data-security risks...

Global Platform

Leveraging technology and talent in Saudi Arabia

In this Global Platform video, Essam Alshiha, CEO of Saudi Business Machines, emphasises the importance of the cloud and other innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things to remain competitive. Saudi Arabia's large youth population can help keep tech at the forefront of business operations and leverage the power of these tools.


ESG in Saudi Arabia's digital economy

As Saudi Arabia pursues a path of national digital transformation, stakeholders must take care to ensure the benefits of the digital economy are shared by the whole of society. In this latest vidcast in the OBG Talks series, Maha Alnuhait, stc's General Manager of Sustainability, discusses how the pandemic served to raise awareness of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues among businesses in Saudi Arabia, and expands on the role of digital technology in advancing social development in...

Economic News

Emerging Market Trends 2021: Digital Transformation

The onset of the pandemic in 2020 gave rise to global acceleration in the uptake of digital platforms and services. This surge was consolidated in 2021, as it became clear – in emerging and developed economies alike – that digital is the new normal. While in some ways 2020 was reactive, with governments and businesses scrambling to implement digital approaches, 2021 was proactive, as those approaches were streamlined and synthesised...

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