Global ICT companies in Jordan create jobs, support economy

Jordan, Iraq, Egypt discuss enhancing ICT cooperation

International Information and Communications Technology companies in Jordan are key direct investments that support the economy and generate job opportunities for Jordanians. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — International Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies operating in Jordan are key direct investments that support the national economy and generate job opportunities for Jordanians, stakeholders in the ICT sector told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Monday.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Hanandeh said that the presence of such companies in the Kingdom is clear evidence of qualified Jordanian youth and points to the importance of Jordan's strategic location as a regional hub providing technical services and support.

"These global firms have chosen Jordan due to its attractive investment environment that provides all facilities and infrastructure needed by foreign investors and businessmen, mainly in the ICT sector," representative of the ICT sector in the Jordan Chamber of Commerce Haitham Rajbeh said.

Executive director of the ICT Association of Jordan (Intaj) Nidal Al-Bitar said that about 30 global information technology companies are currently operating in Jordan, adding that the association plans to set up a market survey unit next year to produce more comprehensive and accurate studies and statistics in the field.

Regional director of Business Solutions at Microsoft Maher Al-Khayat said that the company in Jordan aims to accelerate the development of high-productivity and large-scale communities that embrace solutions using Microsoft technology.

"Microsoft's strategy is to build deep partnerships with leading industry, government, and non-governmental organizations, invest in infrastructure and participate in and develop the tech ecosystem to spur innovation in the tech environment sustainably," he said.
In another development, Hanandeh held talks in Cairo, late on Sunday, with his Egyptian and Iraqi counterparts, Amr Talaat and Arkan Shihab Al-Shaibani, respectively, on means of cementing ties in the ICT field.

The three ministers reviewed progress in materializing the outcome of the summits they held throughout the year and boosting partnerships and joint strategic integration.

According to a statement issued Monday by The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, talks during the meeting also tackled the possibility of connecting Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt digitally and of working on joint artificial intelligence projects.

"The ministers agreed on the importance of the tripartite ICT coordination to serve the interests of the three countries, in light of the technological development and the fourth industrial revolution that is currently changing the world," the statement said.

Hanandeh highlighted the need for the three countries to create real partnerships, programs, and projects to support their economies, seeing that digital transformation is key to creating new global concepts and positive cultural changes.

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