ICT Sector Could Contribute $53 Bln to Saudi GDP in 2022

The ICT sector’s contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP in Q1 2021 reached 5.48%. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The ICT sector’s contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP in Q1 2021 reached 5.48%. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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ICT Sector Could Contribute $53 Bln to Saudi GDP in 2022

The ICT sector’s contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP in Q1 2021 reached 5.48%. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The ICT sector’s contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP in Q1 2021 reached 5.48%. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The information and communication technology (ICT) sector’s contribution to the Saudi GDP reached SAR 146.9 billion ($39 billion) during the past year, with predictions it could reach SAR 200 billion ($53 billion) in 2022, a recent report revealed.

Published by the Research and Information Center of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, the report revealed that the ICT sector’s contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP in Q1 2021 reached 5.48%.

Moreover, the report shed light on the digital economy’s contribution to global GDP, which amounted to about 15.5%, including the most important investment opportunities provided by the sector in the fields of e-commerce, tourism, smart cities, education, human capital and innovation.

The report emphasized that Saudi Arabia has a strong digital infrastructure. It stressed that the Kingdom has accelerated its process of digital transformation, which contributed to facing crises that disrupt all services in the public and private sectors.

Infrastructure readiness also contributed to the continuity of business, education and all the requirements of the daily life of citizens and residents in light of the coronavirus pandemic, ranking the Kingdom among the top 10 developed countries in the world due to its robustness in digital infrastructure, the report added.

It said the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology aims to raise the digital economy’s contribution to the GDP in the coming years to more than 19 %, compared to 5.48 % in 2021.

Saudi Arabia has witnessed clear steps in the efforts to expand its economic base and keep pace with the qualitative transformations driven by digital acceleration around the world, added the report.

It made several recommendations to achieve the Kingdom's goals in the digital economy during the next stage.

Most notably, it recommended providing safer applications to protect customer data, paying attention to technical education in the field of networks and cybersecurity, as well as establishing electronic industries inside Saudi Arabia to keep pace with global technology, reduce import costs and create job opportunities.



EU States Agree on 14th Sanctions Package Against Russia

The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
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EU States Agree on 14th Sanctions Package Against Russia

The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
The European Union flag inside the atrium during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)

European Union countries agreed on a 14th package of sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine, diplomats said on Thursday, including a ban on re-exports of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) in EU waters.
Belgium, which holds the rotating EU presidency until July 1, said on the X platform that the package "maximizes the impact of existing sanctions by closing loopholes".
Countries debated the new measures for over a month and ultimately watered down one of the Commission's proposals, aimed at preventing even more circumvention, at Germany's prompting, Reuters reported.
The dropped measure would have forced subsidiaries of EU companies in third countries to contractually prohibit the re-exports of their goods to Russia. The EU is keen to stop the flow of dual-use technology such as washing machine chips that could be used by Russia for military purposes.
An EU diplomat said Germany had asked for an impact assessment, and the measure could be included at a later date.
The ban on trans-shipments is the first restriction the bloc has applied to LNG. However, gas market experts say the measure will have little impact as Europe is still buying Russian gas itself, and trans-shipments via EU ports to Asia represent only around 10% of total Russian LNG exports.
The package also tightens measures against the shadow fleet moving Russian oil outside the price cap on Russian crude set by the Group of Seven (G7) nations. EU countries added tankers to the list of sanctioned entities as well as at least two Russian-owned ships moving military equipment from North Korea, diplomats said.
Overall, 47 new entities and 69 individuals were added to the EU sanctions list, bringing the total to 2,200. The package is expected to be formally approved when EU foreign ministers meet on Monday, diplomats said.