Saudi rises to second spot in G20, 4th globally for digital readiness

Driven by regulatory reforms, strong digital foundations
Saudi rises to second spot in G20, 4th globally for digital readiness
New report highlights Saudi's leap in digital transformation

In a recent announcement by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Saudi Arabia has secured the second position among the Group of Twenty (G20) nations and ranked fourth worldwide for its digital system readiness.

According to the ITU report, Saudi’s high ranking is attributed to its achievements in establishing a sustainable regulatory framework and embracing digital collaborative regulation, which have significantly empowered the digital economy. The ITU, a specialized agency overseeing information and communication technologies, highlighted these accomplishments.

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Unwavering support

Commenting on this, Mohammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi, the governor of the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), said the Kingdom’s recent global accomplishment is a direct outcome of the unwavering support provided to the sector by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He stated that Vision 2030 established the groundwork for a robust and effective telecommunications and information technology sector, which subsequently facilitated the formulation of an ambitious digital transformation strategy aligned with global trends.

Initiatives for growth

Al-Tamimi emphasized that the CITC had initiated numerous endeavors aimed at elevating the telecommunications and IT sector to unprecedented heights. These efforts encompassed the establishment of the National Academy for Digital Systems, which aimed to create an enticing and dynamic regulatory environment across various sectors. This strategic measure was implemented with the objective of attracting investments and expediting the pace of digital transformation.

He further added that the commission had bolstered the nation’s competitiveness by prioritizing collaborative regulation and actively involving international stakeholders in its initiatives.

Additionally, Al-Tamimi mentioned that the ITU report had brought attention to several challenges confronting regulatory agencies, with a primary focus on monitoring competence and ensuring sustainable growth.

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