Saudi ICT plan delivers $13 billion boost for economy

IT Minister Abdullah Al-Sawaha said the strategy will draw a roadmap for the future of the Kingdom in innovation and the digital economy. (SPA)
Updated 29 August 2019

Saudi ICT plan delivers $13 billion boost for economy

  • Al-Sawaha: The strategy will draw a roadmap for the future of the Kingdom in innovation and the digital economy

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector will increase its contribution to the national economy by SR50 billion ($13.3 billion) in the next five years, thanks to a major digital development strategy.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha said that the five-year strategy will expand the Kingdom’s digital capabilities in ICT, allowing the sector to pursue optimal growth in future projects as part of Vision 2030 economic reforms.
The plan will also help the sector keep pace with national requirements and global developments, and attract more foreign technology investment.
Al-Sawaha said the strategy “will draw a roadmap for the future of the Kingdom in innovation and the digital economy.”
As part of the plan the level of Saudi manpower in the sector will be raised to 50 percent by 2030. It also aims to promote and create opportunities for women and boost foreign investment in the sector.

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• The five-year strategy will expand the Kingdom’s digital capabilities in ICT, allowing the sector to pursue optimal growth in future projects.

• The plan will help the sector keep pace with national requirements and global developments, and attract more foreign technology investment.

The Saudi minister said that the ICT strategy will strengthen development activities, and raise the effectiveness and performance of the public and private sectors by enabling digital transformation.
“It will make the Kingdom one of the world’s leading countries in the field of ICT,” he said.
The strategy is part of the ministry’s efforts to establish a robust and sophisticated digital structure that will enhance the role of the ICT sector in building a digital community, digital government, a thriving digital economy and an innovative future for the Kingdom.


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

Updated 55 min 42 sec ago

Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.