Gov’t plans to boost ICT sector

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AMMAN — Earlier this year, the government had devised plans to boost the  information and Communications technology (ICT) sector in Jordan, through its public sector modernization plan to elevate Jordan’s position as an attractive investment center for digital innovation and a platform for scalable digital solutions, and to develop it into a center for providing high-value digitally enabled services, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

According to last year’s estimates, the ICT sector contributes about JD900 million to the GDP, or 3 percent of the total product; the government seeks to increase this to 13 percent of the GDP, or JD3.9 billion, by 2023.

The total number of employees is 24,700, the plan is to raise the number to 101,000 full-time employees in 2033.

Last year, the sector’s exports reached JD200 million and accounted for 2.6 percent of the total; the new plan aims to make that JD4.5 billion annually in 2033.

The modernization plan seeks to keep pace with the government’s digital transformation over the next two or three years, to develop citizen-centric solutions, and to benefit from the experience gained in export services to middle markets until 2033.

It plans to create a virtual free zone that provides revolutionary solutions with fewer regulatory challenges, and use the acceleration programs of the Jordan Entrepreneurship Fund to support these revolutionary technologies, in addition to establishing technology centers throughout the Kingdom, to provide an unobstructed environment for Jordanian startups and entrepreneurial projects to develop technology solutions that cover all sectors.

It also plans to identify fast-growing, high-potential enterprises (Jordanian established companies), and provide tailored support to accelerate their growth.

The government seeks to benefit from skill sets, infrastructure, and the strategic geographical location of Jordan, and to enhance cooperation between the public and private sectors to accelerate the pace of government digital transformation by modernizing the procurement system for digital transformation projects to allow the private sector to compete to provide services to citizens through open application interfaces.

It also plans to provide a wider space for emerging companies, by easing restrictions and costs in the early years of their work, and preparing a workforce ready for the future through training and education programs on the latest outcomes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in addition to establishing a public data authority to be responsible for providing and facilitating access to data and assisting in decision making, in addition to accelerating the pace of government digital transformation by establishing partnerships with the private sector, improving and maintaining incentive packages for investment and talent development on a large scale, creating a virtual free zone that incubates innovation and entrepreneurship and a center for start-ups, and creating a sandbox for revolutionary technologies

It also plans to launch local and international campaigns to create a commercial identity and enhance its prestige, attract funding from venture capital funds, accelerate the pace and include work frameworks and legislation for new technology to facilitate the establishment of new technology companies, establish a fund for research, development and creation of intellectual property, and update labor laws to suit the needs of the future workforce, consolidating the key performance indicators of the national vision at the government level, and launching 5G services.

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