Saudi Arabia jumps 16 places on ICT pillar of Global Competitiveness Index

The spread of broadband and improvements in the country’s digital infrastructure boosted its international rating. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 October 2019

Saudi Arabia jumps 16 places on ICT pillar of Global Competitiveness Index

  • Saudi Arabia now ranks 38 globally on ICT pillar
  • The Kingdom is placed 11th globally on IT governance

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia improved by 16 places its information and communications technology adoption (ICT) pillar for the Global Competitiveness Index 2019, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.

The Kingdom now ranks 38, from 54th place during last year’s index reading, owing to the spread of broadband technology and improvements in the country’s digital infrastructure.

Saudi Arabia also placed third among G20 countries, and 11th globally, in terms of IT governance which rates a country’s ability to adapt digital technologies such as e-commerce and financial technology.

The annual Global Competitiveness Report, issued by the World Economic Forum, measures the strength of 141 countries through 103 key indicators – lumped in 12 index pillars – such as inflation, digital skills and trade tariffs.

The competitiveness developments signify the Saudi leadership’s support for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and their drive to fulfil the goals of Vision 2030, the Minister of Communications and IT Abdullah Al-Swaha said.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.