Saudi Arabia wins praise over growth in IT

Saudi Arabia wins praise over growth in IT
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Updated 13 January 2021

Saudi Arabia wins praise over growth in IT

Saudi Arabia wins praise over growth in IT

RIYADH: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in its recent report, lauded the rapid development in the field of communications and information technology in Saudi Arabia.
The ITU praised the role of Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) as the regulator of the sector.
The report said the Saudi model is a pioneer in transforming the communications and IT sector.
It pointed out that Saudi Arabia is continuing to prioritize the rapid growth of its ICT sector and pursue sustainable economic diversification as part of its Vision 2030.
“A new strategy bringing government agencies and the private sector together as well as looking into new and emerging technologies have been critical elements of the Saudi regulator’s journey,” the report added.
It said that the CITC is stepping up to meet the 5th-generation regulation challenge with an ambitious new digital transformation strategy. SPA Riyadh
“Their vision also emphasizes safeguarding the public, providing reliable service and ensuring fair competition,” it said.

 


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.

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