Intaj CEO shares insights on MENA ICT Forum
Nidal Bitar, CEO at Intaj, sits down with ACN to discuss the upcoming MENA ICT Forum and its value for Jordan and the rest of the region.
ACN: How do you evaluate the information and communication technology sector in Jordan and to what direction it is heading?
Nidal Bitar: Technology and Information sector in Jordan is considered to be a premier sector in the region with the aid of highly qualified human capitals. We also notice that the government is realising the importance of this sector, so it started to amend some of the registrations and rules that help in enhancing investments, though more work is needed.
Jordan has various solutions and applications which enjoy intellectual property in many sectors like education, health, financial management, insurance and entertainment. The business environment is increasingly gaining popularity as an international investment hub. It has a unique combination of attributes that create an attractive environment for foreign business and investment, and this with no doubt will help to transform Jordan to be a global not only regional platform for digitisation of the economy.
ACN: The ICT forum which was first launched in 2002 is now regionally well recognised, what are the main topics to be discussed in this year forum and how it is different from the previous years?
NB: The MENA ICT Forum is one of most important ICT regional events that attract experts from various sectors, and offer a chance to exchange views and experiences and demonstrate the most recent technological trends and how it affects other sectors. The fact that this year's forum is hosted under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussien added a great value as it is coping with His Majesty vision to benefit from the latest global technology trends.
In specific, this year's forum is held under the subject of digitising the economy. It focuses on a number of critical sectors and industries, such as education, healthcare, clean energy, commerce, financial services, transport and logistics, media, and humanitarian causes. The discussions will tackle issues like what are the needs for economic sectors to grow? How can you transform your company to national levels? How the public sector is affected by the digital economy? How the vital sectors such as health, education, transportation, energy, and financial services and media are all affected by the digital economy and how it will look in the future?
These discussions will attract wide range of people, as it sheds light on the most recent transformations these sectors have witnessed and the daily people life.
ACN: What are the expected outcomes from this year's forum and how can the public and private sectors cooperate to achieve these results?
NB: The expected outcomes are basically to draw a map for real chance and coping with the digital economy trends and new technologies, in addition to build solid bases for infrastructure and legislations which guarantee this. Moreover, there is a need to enhance cooperation between countries in the region to build on the achievements if this sector.
ACN: Why do you think every individual should attend this forum?
NB: The forum serves as a platform for the latest trends and developments in technology and showcasing various experiences of the world through speakers in different fields. It is viewed as a chance to figure out Jordan's achievements in the IT sector and to attract more investors as the regions is witnessing rapid technological developments. The forum serves as well as a chance for the participants to network and pave the way for future cooperation.