Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology Names Riyadh as the First Arab Digital Capital

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, held in Riyadh. During a sideline event of the G20 Summit, which is to be hosted by KSA in 2020, Riyadh has been named the Arab world’s first digital capital in 2020. The title comes in light of the Kingdom’s efforts in developing its information and communications technology (ICT) sector. KSA has managed to build a supportive, enabling digital infrastructure, making its ICT sector contribute to 4% of the country’s GDP. The sector, which is the largest in the MENA region, made significant progress in world rankings, ranking 13th globally. KSA’s ICT sector has helped the country not only climb 16 places in the World Economic Forum’s global competitive index 2019 in terms of ICT adoption, but also to top the ease-of-doing-business ranking in the World Bank’s 2020 report. Following the US and South Korea, KSA is in third place when it comes to 5G deployment. KSA has an internet speed of 51.8Mbps, a 24.7% increase compared to last year’s results, placing it 5th among G20 countries.