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Publication date: 23 Apr 2024

IDC and Saudi Arabia's CST Renew Collaboration for ICT Indicators Forum 2024


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Riyadh – International Data Corporation (IDC) is excited to announce the continuation of its collaboration with Saudi Arabia's Communications, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) for the annual ICT Indicators Forum, to be held at the CST Headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday, April 24.

The CST is hosting the 10th edition of the ICT Indicators Forum in collaboration with IDC. This forum will highlight key ICT indicators and unveil future trends shaping the sector.

For the third successive year, this strategic event will play host to IDC's renowned 'IDC Directions Saudi Arabia' industry forum. The engaging program will feature leaders from ICT-enabling public sector entities alongside senior IDC executives and representatives of the Kingdom's foremost telecom operators and ICT vendors.

The forum will feature informative presentations, engaging panel discussions, and real-life use cases, offering a holistic view of Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation journey and the impact of government initiatives on various sectors of the economy.

"For nearly a decade, IDC Directions has served as a cornerstone for ICT executives, facilitating crucial discussions," says Hamza Naqshbandi, IDC's Vice President of Custom Solutions for the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META) and Country Leader for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. "Our renewed collaboration with the CST underscores the power of public-private partnerships, reaffirming our commitment to driving innovation and progress together. In the exciting era leading up to Vision 2030, we are witnessing the Saudi government's steadfast dedication to digital transformation, and organizations are embracing this momentum by redefining their digital strategies."

IDC's involvement will include a keynote address by Naqshbandi and Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's Group Vice President and Regional Managing Director for META, as they discuss Saudi Arabia's technology market outlook in a session titled 'Navigating the Innovation Frontier: Technology Market Outlook for Saudi Arabia'. Lalchandani will also moderate a panel on the subject 'The Future of the Tech Landscape in Saudi Arabia' featuring exclusive insights from the following industry experts:

Othman Alhokail, Partner, Merak Capital

Fahad AlTurief, Vice President, Tech Cloud (Saudi Arabia, Levant & North Africa), Oracle

Salman A. Faqeeh, Managing Director, Cisco Saudi Arabia

The ICT Indicators Forum 2024 will evaluate Saudi Arabia's progress in digital infrastructure enhancement, with a focus on scaling digital businesses to support the Kingdom's digital economy aspirations. The event will explore emerging ICT trends, showcase financial performance insights, and present key findings from the latest 'Saudi Internet' report.

For more information, please contact Sheila Manek at or on +971 4 446 3154.

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