The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has celebrated World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the participation of the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
The event was held to raise awareness about the impact of telecommunications and IT on societies as well as their economies.
CITC held a dialogue session that discussed the best ways to harness technology to achieve sustainable development goals at local and international levels to show the effective use of telecommunications and IT for the Kingdom.
This was held under the slogan ‘ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals’ and the virtual session was held with the participation of leading Saudi figures. Several themes were covered, including the role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development goals.
Norah Al-Zaid, Director General of the Secretariat of the National Digital Transformation Committee, discussed the importance of an enabling environment to help government bodies and encourage partnership with the private sector to achieve these goals.
Al-Zaid noted the recent virtual G20 meeting of trade and investment ministers presided over by the Kingdom, highlighting the recommendations and digital policies outlined to accelerate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The session also established a link between sustainability and the exceptional circumstances that the world is witnessing during the Coronavirus pandemic.