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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) signed an agreement to create a set of “Global AI Readiness Frameworks” for key socio-economic domains that could help countries adopt best practices in harnessing AI’s full potential.

Read more: Saudi Supports ITU in Developing Global AI Readiness Frameworks

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) 2022 requested Member States to support African candidates for ITU positions and noted, in particular, that Dr. Bilel Jamoussi had been endorsed by the African Union as Africa’s sole candidate for the position of Director, ITU-TSB. It expressed unanimous support for him and called upon African countries to vote for him during the upcoming ITU PP-22.

Read more: Dr. Bilel Jamoussi’s Candidacy for the Position of Director ITU-TSB Gaining Widespread Support

A UAE-based corporate and retail bank became the first bank in the UAE and the Middle East region to open a virtual Metaverse location in Decentraland, a popular blockchain-based virtual world. What such moves by organizations foretell is the growing trend toward the adoption of a digital economy that embraces the use of technologies such as blockchain, virtual assets, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and so on, both in a business environment and everyday consumer services. 

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Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goal is to support 30 million pilgrims annually, and to successfully do this, the country will rely on further innovations built on top of its rapidly developing 5G networks.

Read more: ICT in Saudi: Digital Infrastructure at This Year’s Hajj Fully Supported by 5G Networks

To enhance community well-being and economic sustainability and to solidify the UAE’s leading position at the global level, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has launched the Digital Society Initiative to encourage awareness regarding the use and adoption of digital means to improve various segments of society.

Read more: TDRA Raises Digital Awareness Through Dynamic Program

Digitalization is everywhere. No human can make through a day without resorting to digital technologies. A study claims that digital technologies are about knowing technology and establishing a specific way of thinking; on the other hand, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) features are about utilizing and functioning with technology. Both of these are well-known individually. However, we will talk about how their complementary requirements are met.

Read more: ICT's Crucial Role in Digitalization

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