KSA Smart Government Summit to take place in May

Seventh annual Summit, endorsed by Yesser, to discuss govt IT plans for the Kingdom

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KSA Smart Government Summit to take place in May Despite falling oil prices, the Saudi government will still prioritize investment in smart government.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 23, 2016

The Seventh Annual Kingdom Smart Government Summit has been announced for Riyadh from 9-10th May.

The event is endorsed by the , the Saudi Ministry of Communications and information technology (MCIT) represented by the e-Government Program (Yesser), and is expected to attract Over 150 government decision makers will gather to discuss the future of Smart Government in Saudi Arabia and procure the latest solutions and services for their current and upcoming projects.

Saudi Arabia's second National e-Government Action Plan will end in 2016, with the third phase of the program due to run from 2017 through to 2021. The summit will focus on areas for development for e-government and smart government, particularly in the face of declining oil revenues.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al Orainy, Adviser to the Saudi Minister of MCIT, and Director General of Yesser, commented: "The current financial turbulence has presented an opportunity to better focus on the future, which will be knowledge-driven. It is more essential than ever to embrace smart technologies as they promote both operational and financial efficiency. The Government is not just actively sourcing smart solutions, but also encouraging ICT investments given its potential to be a key economic growth enabler. The upcoming summit will help communicate our vision better and align all our plans accordingly".

The Saudi government sector is expected to grow by 14.57% in 2016, with IT taking priority as government invests in smart technology, smart cities and e-services - including cloud, big data analytics, mobile services and autonomously connected devices.

The summit is organised by multinational business facilitator Naseba. The summit's director Naveen Bharadwaj said: "Despite the annual budget deficit, the Saudi government plans to spend $224 billion in 2016. A big chunk of this will go towards ICT given the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' emphasis on utilisation of technology for the delivery of government services. We are delighted to partner with Yesser again and are committed to supporting the Kingdom's development plans by providing a high level knowledge-sharing, networking and business platform."

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