The Kingdom has participated in the summit since its beginning in 2012.
The Digital Giving Initiative 'Attaa' won the award for The Cultural Diversity and Identity, Linguistic Diversity, and Local Content.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by His Excellency the Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission, Dr. Mohammad bin Saud Al-Tamimi, participated in the virtual opening ceremony of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS 2020).
During his speech, His Excellency the Governor referred to the importance of digital transformation, which has become the new backbone of life and a tool for achieving growth and prosperity, especially with all vital sectors such as health, education and trade adopting technology as a basis for business continuity and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also affirmed that the Kingdom's commitment to continue its international efforts related to communications and information technology, and supporting the digital trends that contribute in enhancing the use of technology, and maximizing its role in supporting development and the well-being of people around the globe.
The Kingdom, represented by a number of government and private entities, won an award and 7 certificates within the competition held by WSIS, to honor the best projects that harness communication and information technology in implementing the outputs of the World Summit on the Information Society. This brings the Kingdom's score to a total of (10) awards and (22) certificates of excellence obtained in the previous summit sessions since its launch in 2012.
The Digital Giving Initiative 'Attaa', launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology with the aim of localizing digital knowledge, won the award for the 'The Cultural Diversity and Identity, Linguistic Diversity, and Local Content' category, while the projects of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Qassim University, King Khalid University, Saudi Aramco, and the Saudi Telecom Company, received certificates in various categories in education, employment, agriculture, and communication infrastructure.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is the Kingdom's focal point with the International Telecommunication Union, and is keen to highlight the Kingdom's efforts and achievements internationally related to the Union's work, including participating in the World Summit on the Information Society each year.