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What is being done to ensure that Saudi Arabia’s ICT sector remains competitive?


Managed services such as cloud computing have seen significant growth in Saudi Arabia in recent years. This was reflected in the Kingdom’s jump of 16 places in the ICT adoption pillar of the World Economic Forum’s 2019 global competitiveness index, with the country ranking 38th out of 141 countries, up from 54th in 2018. Both the public and...

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2020

The ICT sector is at the forefront of the digital transformation outlined in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and is poised to be a key element of diversifying the...

Saudi Arabia’s decision to weaken the link between hydrocarbons and economic growth, and pursue a policy of diversification has seen a wide range of projects come to fruition in the last several years. While at present the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented plunge in oil prices are causing significant short-term uncertainty, the reforms that have been put in place in recent years should stand the Kingdom in good stead over the longer term.

As the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt globally, Abu Dhabi has sought to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with stimulus measures, while cloud services offered by local data centres are making it easier for people to work and study from home.

In a bid to contain the outbreak, on March 14 Senegal was the first sub-Saharan African country to close its schools. The country has also adopted a host of other measures, including travel restrictions and bans on cruise ships, public gatherings and events.

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