ICT sector generates jobs, props up national economy - experts

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AMMAN - Information technology companies in Jordan are vital to creating job opportunities for Jordanian youth, and supporting the national economy, Information technology experts told the Jordan News Agency (Petra) on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

The information technology sector is an emerging global market that increases the number of trained employed individuals, thereby reducing unemployment rates, they noted.

The Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Hanandeh said that the presence of these companies in the Kingdom proves that Jordan has been able, through its available human resources and environment, to attract many international companies to invest, generating many job opportunities for young people.

The sector is important to boosting Jordan's domestic product, he indicated, noting that over the past three years alone the sector went from providing 3,000 jobs to about 16,000. The figure is expected to spike to about 25,000 job opportunities in the coming years, the minister anticipated.

Hanandeh pointed out that the ministry is promoting Jordan locally and regionally as a hub for providing support services and technical support through qualified individuals capable of training.

For his part, the Executive Director of the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (Intaj) Nidal al-Bitar revealed that in 2018, software development constituted 23 percent of the overall jobs created that year.

Intaj, in cooperation with stakeholders, established the National Council for Sectoral Skills to provide private sector companies with the appropriate competent individuals, he added. In 2018, the ICT sector provided 13,652 jobs, 67 percent of which were for males, and 33 percent of which were for females. As part of its social responsibility, Intaj is looking to increase female representation in the sector, launching the SHETECHS initiative around four years ago.

It also launched an online platform, www.ipreach.jo, to globally promote Jordanian software, which topped the list of revenue made from domestic services and export services, based on intellectual property. The move would enhance the financial sustainability of the sector regionally and internationally, he stated.

Intaj and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship are working on an updated survey of the sector, said al-Bitar.

Meanwhile, Zaid al-Azab, the Director of Marketing and Communications Department in a company specialized in providing digital transformation solutions and information systems, underscored the importance of continuously developing technology, pointing out the need for new advanced technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud solutions, business solutions and digital and artificial intelligence.

International ICT companies have put down roots in Jordan, as the sector constitutes 12 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, and employs a large number of young people in the local and regional markets, stated Ahmed Mansour, Director of Business Development in a local ICT company, adding that .

The sector, Mansour said, could lead to a paperless Jordan by allowing information technology companies to create software, statistical applications and mobile apps for departments and institutions.

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