Saudi Arabia Launches Plan to Localize 15,000 Telecom Jobs

Saudi Arabia Launches Plan to Localize 15,000 Telecom Jobs

Thursday, 10 January, 2019 - 09:00
During the launching ceremony of the plan to localize telecom jobs (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia launched Wednesday a plan to localize jobs and professions in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

The plan aims to reach more than 15,000 jobs by 2020, after the rate of localzed jobs increased from 37 percent to 43 percent between 2016 and 2018.

The plan is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) and the Council of Saudi Chambers. It is also one of the outcomes of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed earlier between both ministries.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah al-Swaha said that the plan to localize the ICT sector is aimed at enabling national cadres of obtaining qualitative employment opportunities and use their abilities to support the digital transformation process in all sectors.

He stressed that Saudi Arabia is witnessing a digital transformation in all sectors and that the ministry is seeking to create an attractive and stimulating environment for the development and growth of the ICT sector.

Swaha pointed out that due to the efforts of both ministries through the National Transition Program 2020 (NTP), localization rose from 37 percent in 2016 to 43 percent by the end of 2018.

Women's participation in the ICT sector also increased from 11 percent in 2016 to 13 percent in 2018.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed al-Rajhi indicated that the plan to localize the ICT sector will have the positive impact of increasing the number of Saudi women and men in the sector.

The ministries will provide a package of intensive vocational training and programs to train young men and women.

This also includes leadership development programs, programs to support women's empowerment, and specialized training programs in modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, data, data security, robotics, blockchains, and a number of programs in traditional technologies.

Hadaf will support the ICT sector to achieve localization goals by providing training and employment support programs for targeted occupations.

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