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Saudi Arabia climbs to second rank in ICT index among G20 nations

Scoring 94.9 points, the country has advanced 10 positions since last year, surpassing the global average of 72.8

Saudi Arabia climbs to second rank in ICT index among G20 nations
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With its thriving tech scene and rapidly growing ICT market, the largest and fastest-growing in the MENA region, Saudi Arabia is steadily establishing itself as a global digital leader. 

Now, Saudi Arabia has secured the second-highest ranking among G20 nations in the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) 2023 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Development Index.

Scoring a strong 94.9 points, Saudi Arabia advanced 10 places since last year, outshining its G20 competitors, including the UK (92.8) and Japan (92.0). Only the US with 96.6 points, holds a top spot above the country.

The ITU’s ICT Development Index tracks the progress of 169 countries across two key pillars: universal connectivity and meaningful connectivity. This comprehensive assessment factors in crucial aspects like providing high-quality infrastructure, guaranteeing secure internet access for all and ensuring the effective utilization of ICT tools for socioeconomic development.

Reacting to the news, the Saudi Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CITC) released a statement highlighting the Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to digitalization.

“The IDI reflects Saudi Arabia’s strong ICT infrastructure and the affordable and reliable services, which directly contribute to the development of the national digital economy, attract investment, and increase the size of the Saudi ICT market,” said CITC. 

Boasting a remarkable 99% internet penetration, Saudi Arabia is ensuring its citizens are plugged into the digital world. Over the past six years, the Kingdom has poured a staggering $24.79 billion into the ICT sector, laying the groundwork for its exponential growth.

Since 2016, Saudi Arabia has navigated its digital journey with a well-defined roadmap – the National Strategy for Digital Transformation. This comprehensive plan is now in its final phase, the Smart Government Strategy, aiming to revolutionize how citizens interact with government services by 2024.

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