On the sidelines of the annual ICT Indicators Forum 2022, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) launched the first sustainability report
in the ICT sector, in coordination with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), which monitors sustainability concepts and their relation with other sectors and their success.
As the first ICT digital regulator to conduct this report
, CITC has outlined its strategic directions for sustainability in ICT sector. This comes in line with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, placing sustainability as a key factor for the Kingdom's future and its importance in the environmental, social and economic aspects to improve the quality of life and ensure optimal use of resources to connect the present and the future.
The report reviews the strategic directions for sustainability at CITC, such as decreasing the digital divide, expanding ICT services in rural and remote areas, supporting investment, research, and innovation in modern technologies, and increasing the use of renewable energy sources in ICT sector.
The Commission also seeks to increase the reindustrialization and recycling of electronic products and equipment, to maximize the benefit of digital infrastructure as an essential enabler for smart cities and e-services, enabling diversity, and increasing job availability in the ICT sector for all segments of society.
It is noteworthy that this year's ICT Indicators Forum focused on discussing the directions and transformations in the digital cooperative organization and its role in promoting digital economy, which signifies a key element of the Kingdom's future. In addition, the forum discussed the best practices and approaches for the future of the telecommunications and IT sector, and witnessed the presence of international experts, leaders of local companies.