ENVISIONING AN ICT LED APPROACH TO THE NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM FOR THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia announced its much anticipated Vision 2030 initiative, which is a long-term economic blueprint designed to curtail the country’s dependence on oil. The vision, which is expected to be implemented over the next 15 years, outlines regulatory, budgetary, and policy changes that will impact all major aspects of the Saudi economy. Subsequently, the government released the National Transformation Plan (NTP), which outlines a number of initiatives to be undertaken by different ministries. Technology will be a key enabler and driver for many of the changes envisaged in the Vision.

This IDC report analyses the state of digitization in the Kingdom and the impact of technology on the new programs outlined by the NTP. It outlines the ways in which digitization can enable the NTP, juxtaposing the future possibilities with the current situation. It focuses on the vision, initiatives and programs listed in the Vision 2030 and the NTP for key sectors such as healthcare, tourism, SMEs, logistics, commenting on best practices from around the world, and outlining guidance for key stakeholders.

The Report also describes the viewpoints of senior ICT leaders from the local ICT industry on the programs and plans. It draws upon IDC’s extensive research in the Kingdom and experience in assessing similar strategies in other countries.

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