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Riyadh Ranks 5th Smart City among G20 Capitals

Riyadh Ranks 5th Smart City among G20 Capitals

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020 - 04:45
A man speaks on the phone as he walks past the Kingdom Centre Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser - /File Photo

Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, has achieved qualitative progress in the "IMD" index of smart cities for the year 2020, issued by the International Institute for Administrative Development, in its third largest progress among the cities of the Group of Twenty (G20) countries.

Riyadh, by jumping 18 places, outpaced world-class recognized cities such as Tokyo, Rome, Paris and Beijing, becoming the fifth smartest city among the G20 capitals.

This progress reflects the great impact of digital transformation, data and artificial intelligence in the city of Riyadh.

It also highlights its ability to adopt the latest technologies and digital solutions, in addition to implementing speed and flexibility in processing digital government transactions and digital identity services.

Remarkably, applications and platforms ran by the Saudi government played a major role in raising health and safety indicators for Riyadh, specifically during the "Covid 19" pandemic.

This achievement also stands as a testimonial of the progress accomplished through cooperation and coordination among various relevant ministries and departments.

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