Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Eng. Abdullah Al-Sawaha, stressed, in a speech before the digital economy ministers of the G20, that organizations in the field of innovation must have sufficient flexibility and speed to stimulate creativity and keep pace with the rapid change being driven by digital transformation, adding that bridging the digital gap globally is the way to achieve the prosperity of societies, citing the Kingdom’s topping the list of leading countries in this field.
In an opening speech delivered in the Italian city of Trieste, he highlighted how the Vision 2030 has contributed to making the Kingdom an effective leader at the international level in protecting the planet, through qualitative global efforts, such as the initiatives launched by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, namely the two initiatives of the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative, in addition to investing in new industries and markets that are environmentally friendly.
He pointed out that NEOM City is the largest global platform for innovators and creators, and is a vivid example of harmonizing regulation and innovation, to achieve well-being for societies, and preserve the environment through the adaptation of technology and innovation.
On the digital policies and regulations in the Kingdom, Eng. Al-Sawaha cited the Kingdom’s ability of sufficient flexibility and speed as the biggest evidence to transform digital payments within a few hours, expressing his pride in the digital entrepreneurship in the Kingdom, which represents the ideal model on the ability of young men and girls to contribute to supporting the economy and building an innovative future, considering innovative solutions in digital health, online education, digital payments and digital government.
The MCIT Minister also expressed his confidence that the forthcoming summit, under the Italian presidency, would make a significant contribution that would have a profound impact on human empowerment, preserving the planet and shaping new horizons, ensuring prosperity and sustainable development, citing the great efforts being made by the Kingdom during its G20 presidency last year, and stressing that the Italian presidency maintained the same orientation, which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia created by relying on the digital economy and innovation.