Digitization expected to create half a million jobs in Saudi Arabia by 2020

Ahmed Al-Faifi
Updated 07 March 2017
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Digitization expected to create half a million jobs in Saudi Arabia by 2020

RIYADH: Half a million jobs are expected to be created by nationwide digitization by 2020, experts said regarding a report by The Economist Corporate Network.
Saudi Arabia faces a crucial juncture in its economic growth and youth employment. Through 2025, Saudi Arabia will see 226,000 new entrants into the labor market per year, with the Saudi working-age population reaching 17.9 million, according to the report “Shaping the Future of Work.”
“Digitization is the fourth Industrial Revolution, and the Saudi government has one of the world’s most ambitious plans for using digitization to boost employment,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director for Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain at future government enabler SAP, which works with 1,000 Saudi partners.
“Saudi millennials are the best-connected and best-educated generation in history, and partnerships across the public, private and academic sectors will ensure they are ready to take on the digital economy challenges of tomorrow.”
The National Transformation Program (NTP) aims to create 450,000 private-sector jobs by 2020. In response, experts are urging the Saudi government to adopt a digital career platform that can analyze employer and applicant data to connect workers to careers and job-training programs.
“By embracing Internet of Things innovations such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and block-chain, the government can match youth to careers, up-skill talent to meet business needs, and enhance regulations so employers can find the right people at the right time,” said Al-Faifi.
The Kingdom’s youth are well-positioned to meet government goals. Saudi youth rank second among their peers in the Middle East and North Africa in preferring private- rather than public-sector careers, according to the report.
Digitization is helping the government develop talent and foster innovations such as e-government services, digital patient records and e-learning.


Saudi Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions are answered

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Saudi Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions are answered

  • Saudi Arabia is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary
  • Al-Jubeir insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is still seeking answers to a number of questions in the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Thursday.

The Kingdom is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary, and investigations into journalist’s killing will continue until all questions are answered, Al-Jubeir said.

Al-Jubeir added that the defendants and the victim in the Khashoggi case are Saudis and that the incident took place on Saudi land. He continued by saying that there has been an attempt to politicize Khashoggi’s case, and that this is regrettable.

Al-Jubeir insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death.

“The Qatari media have launched an organized campaign against Saudi Arabia and are exploiting Khashoggi’s case,” Al-Jubeir added.

He said there is a difference between imposing penalties on those accused and holding Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

Bahrain said Thursday that it rejects the politicization or internationalization of the Khashoggi case. 

The Secretariat General of the Arab League praised the seriousness of the steps taken by Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi case, and said that the measures show the Kingdom's interest in identifying those involved in the crime. 

Hours after the public prosecurtor's statment, the US placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder.

"The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions."

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said the details of the investigation released Thursday “confirm the Kingdom’s commitment to complete the necessary procedures in order to continue the investigation away from the politicization sought by some malicious parties.”