Bahrain ranks 1st in availability of ICT talent in GCC region; Report

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Report 2020, Bahrain was recently ranked as first in the GCC for the availability of advanced computer programming talent in Information and Computer Technology (ICT).

The recently released annual price trends report assesses the global level of digital transformation and highlights the value and quality of ICT services provided by local providers. Bahrain continues to meet the UN affordability of 2 percent Gross National Income (GNI) per capita target across all ICT packages measured, providing accessible and affordable technology for its community.

According to the statement, “The report also scores Bahrain as the best in data value per GB within the GCC, and 2nd in the Gulf (8th in the world) for the affordability of basic mobile cellular packages.”

Dalal Buhejji
Dalal Buhejji
Executive Director – Investment
Bahrain EDB

“Bahrain continues to attract direct investments within the ICT sector which is driven by many factors such as the availability of ICT talent, the competitive cost of doing business which forms the financial attractiveness for investors to set up and operates from the Kingdom. Bahrain’s high ranking in this report is a testament to the kingdom’s strategy and investment to further advance the ICT sector. In fact, just last year Bahrain Economic Development Board attracted over BD300 million in direct investments which included many within the ICT sector which will generate employment opportunities in Bahrain.”

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

The ITU is an UN-specialized organization in charge of issues relating to information and communication technology, including setting international standards for ICT indicators. Established in 1865, ITU is also responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems.

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