A project to develop the digital infrastructure to transform the Kingdom into a regional center

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is currently working on putting its touches on the “general policy for digital infrastructure”, with the aim of transforming the Kingdom into a regional digital center and increasing direct investment in the sector to 5.7% compared to the GDP. The ministry is working on a plan to expand and develop digital infrastructure and raise the general level. To the quality of services, to increase the attractiveness of the sector for investments, and to maximize the return on them. In accordance with the regulations, the general policy aims to raise the general level of quality of services, increase the sector’s attractiveness for investments and maximize the return from them. The Ministry has prepared a regulation in this regard, subjecting it to the opinions of specialists, in the framework of its keenness to support innovation and research, and to disseminate high-speed broadband technologies. to increase coverage. The regulation focuses on stimulating investment in infrastructure, providing new investment opportunities, attracting international companies and entrepreneurs, increasing the volume of ICT sector exports, raising the demand for local content, and localizing modern technologies. It also aims to raise the sector’s revenues by integrating expertise and assets with neighboring sectors, increasing the non-oil GDP of the economy, developing the digital economy, reducing government financial waste through optimal utilization of infrastructure, and legalizing dependence on government support to expand infrastructure by enabling an environment that supports investments.

The project reviewed the social results of digital transformation, most notably: improving work and life patterns, equality in providing opportunities, bridging the digital divide between members of society and social integration, raising the experience of services provided to all users. The public policy for digital transformation stressed maximizing investment in the development of digital infrastructure, by re-investing in the telecommunications sector, information technology and digital infrastructure in cities, villages, and emigration, and supporting, empowering and motivating the private sector to continue investing in the development of digital infrastructure and the provision of communications services, in a way that ensures the acceleration of the process Digital transformation and contributes to the growth of the sector’s revenues, the growth of the Kingdom’s economy, and its progress in international indicators.

It also emphasized enabling the Kingdom to transform into a regional digital center that directly simulates the aspirations of Vision 2030, by raising the level of private sector spending for capital formation, and increasing direct investment (both domestic and external) to reach (5.7%) of GDP and maximizing the base The report pointed to the importance of adopting these policies in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which changed various traditional lifestyles by deploying fifth generation technologies and broadband services in general, and raising infrastructure readiness by complying with high standards of quality and security to provide protection from disasters and cyber attacks. . It concluded that strengthening Internet governance and neutrality ensures the improvement of local Internet traffic, enabling hosting of external content, as well as attracting sensitive Internet services.

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