Saudi Arabia’s digital government advances ranked 3rd globally by the World Bank – Arab News


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s has been ranked the best in the region and third globally for its digital government transformation by the World Bank’s GovTech Maturity Index for 2022.

The Kingdom has excelled with very high performance in its digital government transformation, putting it in the group of “very developed countries”, according to the index report.

The GTMI was developed as part of the World Bank’s GovTech Initiative to measure digital government maturity in four focus areas; supporting core government systems, enhancing service delivery, mainstreaming citizen engagement, and fostering GovTech enablers.

Saudi Arabia was distinguished in sub-indicators as well as excelling in all 4 areas with a general maturity rate of 97. 13 percent.

The Kingdom scored 96. 29 percent in its core authorities systems, 97. 69 percent in fostering enablers, 97. 93 percent in service delivery, and 96. 62 % in citizen engagement.

Consisting of 198 countries, the average GTMI score increased from 0. 519 in 2020 to 0. 552 in 2022 showing a clear overall improvement in economies.

Data also showed that 136 nations remained in the same ranking while 52 moved up and 10 moved down one level.

The index was announced at a press conference held on Wednesday evening within Washington DC, in the US.

Attending the event was the Minister of Communication and Information Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors from the Digital Government Authority, Abdullah Al-Swaha,   where he extended his appreciation to His Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud plus Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Digital Government Authority Governor Ahmed Al-Suwaiyan spoke about  the Kingdom’s achievement as the execution of highly integrated work amongst government agencies within the digital transformation initiatives and programs that aim to reach Vision 2030.

Since 2006 Saudi Arabia has had an established plan for digitization, called to the National Strategy for Digital Transformation.

As the world swiftly adopted digital strategies after the pandemic put in place a huge need for physical interaction alternatives, Saudi Arabia itself was able to quickly establish a framework for electronic transformation in sectors including finance, commerce, logistics and information technology.

The particular action plan was divided into three phases. It is currently in its final stage, the Smart Government Strategy, which aims to create a new seamless federal government experience for beneficiaries by 2024.

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