Ibrahim Al Mubaidin
Amman- The “Vision of Economic Modernization”, the results of which were launched last Monday, presented the telecommunications and information technology sector with 14 initiatives and projects to develop it, ensure its sustainability, increase its contribution to GDP from 3 % at the end of 2021 to 13% by 2033, increasing employment therein to more than one hundred thousand employees.
The “Vision of Economic Modernization”, stemming from the outcomes of the national economic workshop, placed the ICT services and sector under the umbrella of the “Future Services” engine among the 8 engines it included.
Experts have emphasized that the Kingdom enjoys three main pillars that make the ICT sector a promising sector, namely; A solid and advanced digital infrastructure, qualified and globally competitive human resources, and a set of legislation that regulates the sector, which includes many tax incentives and incentive programs.
However, the experts stressed the importance of implementing the initiatives and projects proposed in the document of the economic modernization vision of the telecommunications and information technology sectors, and to find means for follow-up and control in accordance with realistic standards for implementation.
They highlighted the importance of activating the concept of real partnership between the public and private sectors in order to accelerate the process of digital transformation, which has become a basic requirement for public services and all economic sectors, and to launch the fifth to accelerate generation. services to improve the telecommunications infrastructure in the Kingdom and to support the digital transformation process.
They stressed that there is a need to review and update some labor legislation to meet the needs of the future workforce and the need to harmonize the supply and demand for digital skills due to technical advances that moving faster pace than the pace of academic curriculum development.
The vision proposed a set of initiatives and projects to develop the sector and increase its contribution to the gross domestic product; The first of these is the introduction of fifth generation technology services, the establishment of a virtual free zone that incubates innovation and leadership and a center for start-ups, and the establishment of a regulatory testing environment “Sandbox” for revolutionary technologies, which paves the way , new technology frameworks and labor laws to facilitate the establishment of new technology companies, to prepare a workforce ready for the future capable of working through training and education programs on the latest outcomes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and updating labor laws to meet the needs of the future workforce.
The vision also proposed the establishment of a public data authority responsible for the provision of data, the facilitation of access to it and assistance with decision-making, the establishment of a unit involved in digital transformation, the acceleration of the pace of government ‘s digital transformation by establishing partnerships with the private sector, improving and maintaining incentives for investment and talent development, and launching campaigns locally and internationally to establish a commercial identity and enhance its prestige, attracting venture capital funds, ‘ establish a fund for research and development, and the key performance indicators of the national vision at government level.
Eid Amjad Sweis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Intaj Association, said that the launch of the vision of economic modernization is an important opportunity to harness potential and demonstrate capabilities to achieve the expected goals.
On how to ensure the success of expectations, Sweis emphasized the importance of strengthening Jordan’s position as an attractive investment center for digital innovation and a launch platform for scalable digital solutions. And develop it to become a hub for providing high-value digitally-enabled services.
He emphasized the importance of leveraging skills, infrastructure, the system and Jordan’s strategic geographical location, as well as strengthening public-private partnerships to accelerate the pace of government digital transformation through the modernize procurement system for digital transformation projects to make it possible. the private sector to compete to provide services to citizens from Through open application interfaces, while providing more space for beginners, by easing constraints and costs on them in the early years of their industry.
And in Switzerland, the sector enjoys three pillars that make it a promising sector: a solid and advanced digital infrastructure, qualified human resources that can compete globally, and a set of laws and regulations that include many tax incentives.
He pointed out that the early entry of the fifth generation into the Kingdom offers a great competitive advantage for Jordan among the countries of the region, while indicating the readiness of the sector’s infrastructure, and also the attractiveness of investing in the Kingdom. indicate.
Ayman Mazahreh, co-founder and CEO of STS, believes that digital transformation is no longer a luxury today, but rather a necessity for everyone to achieve the required economic growth, and emphasizes the importance of accelerating and implementing correctly, not not only by drawing up plans, but also by working to stimulate culture Institutional digitization, and to determine a specific path that includes setting up a timetable for projects and periodic follow-up of a trans-governmental body.
Mazahreh stressed the importance of focusing largely on empowered national experiences, and on focusing on implementing digital transformation in a way that suits the people and their culture, and on establishing a generation that has digital qualifications. and empower them by incorporating them into the basic materials students receive in schools and universities, and begin training and working current frameworks to consolidate digital culture In their minds to be more flexible and receptive to the coming changes, and to continually attract our competencies to work in neighboring countries, due to their ability to achieve great achievements in the ICT sector in general.
In a related context, Majed Safri, CEO of Optimiza Company, emphasized that the ICT sector is a sector of great importance to the national economy, and describes it as the “possible” sector as it contributes with its tools, services and solutions to the development of the public sector and its services and all other economic sectors. .
Safri said that the Jordanian sector, with its human resources and companies, has in recent years been able to build a distinctively positive reputation in the region and the world and contribute to the building of digital transformation programs for many countries. in the region, in addition to its ability to export to dozens of destinations around the world.
However, Al-Safari stressed that today we need a set of procedures and steps for the successful implementation of the programs and projects planned by the vision of economic modernization, which will strengthen the sector and build on what was previously achieved, and Emphasizes the importance of strengthening and qualifying Jordanian human resources in the medium and long term and increasing their capabilities and skills to adapt to the technological developments that are taking place, which require the modernization of Jordanian education systems and curricula.
Sfri also stressed the importance of strengthening the telecommunications infrastructure through the introduction of fifth generation services, and the promotion of true partnership and cooperation between governments and the private sector in communications and information technology, which should be at the “highest level” by continuing to award previously. approved incentives for the technology sector and the strengthening of partnerships to implement transformation projects. This will contribute to improving investment and increasing the pace of creativity and innovation in a sector that has become possible for emerging, small and medium-sized companies that will significantly contribute to growth, economic development and employment.
He emphasized the importance of accelerating the acceptance and implementation of serious digital transformation, whether at the level of public services or in private sectors and institutions, and emphasized the importance of follow-up and oversight in line with clear standards across different projects. planned by the vision of economic modernization.
Economist Hossam Ayesh stressed the importance of accelerating the process of digital transformation, supporting technology-based pioneering projects, keeping up with modern technology and supporting it with legislation and the growing environment, so that we move our economy to the so-called new economy can transfer. or digital economy, where technology today has become a way to accelerate growth, increase productivity and provide jobs. .
He stressed the importance of modernizing basic and university education systems if we want to transform into a technical society with technical skills, helping with employment in economies that depend on the concepts of the industrial revolution or beyond, such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big cities and others.
Through the vision of economic modernization, the sector aims to reach the year 2033 by increasing its contribution to GDP to 4 billion dinars, or 13% of GDP by 2033, instead of about one billion dinars by the end of 2021.
The sector aims to – within its vision and strategic roadmap – increase the volume of its workforce to 101 thousand male and female employees by 2033, compared to 25 thousand male and female employees by the end of 2021, while the sector aims to increase the volume to increase its exports to 4.4 billion dinars by the end of 2033, compared to About 200 million dinars by the end of 2021.