The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) officially launched the Digital Agenda 2030 during a ceremony held at the Raffles Doha Hotel.

The launch was held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in the presence of HE Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and a number of Their Excellencies, other ministers, dignitaries and senior officials in representing the technology sector locally and globally in Qatar and around the world.

The launch of the Digital Agenda 2030 is a significant stride in Qatar’s comprehensive digital transformation journey. The Digital Agenda 2030 not only assures substantial growth and development across various sectors but also sets the stage for a future equipped with skilled human capital and a nurturing environment for innovation.

HE Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology expressed that the Digital Agenda reflects Qatar’s dedication to cultivating a thriving digital landscape and attaining ambitious objectives in the ICT sector. ‘It builds upon our technological evolution, sustainability, and economic diversification efforts. Today, we stand at the threshold of a comprehensive transformational phase, as the digital agenda outlines the implementation of Qatar’s 3rd National Development Strategy, aiming to make Qatar a smart and technologically advanced country.’

He further highlighted MCIT’s commitment to shaping the digital future, emphasising the importance of staying abreast of global digital trends. With the launch of our Digital Agenda 2030, We’re actively preparing to lead the digital era. Success depends on getting our digital society ready for the fast-paced changes in the digital world.’

He provided further detail on the specific aims delineated in the Digital Agenda 2030, emphasising its role as a clear roadmap that sets forth a comprehensive framework, trajectory, and defined objectives. These goals include providing approximately 26 skills and opportunities by 2030, raising the competencies of professional staff in the ICT sector by 10% through developing advanced skills, and creating positive economic impacts that we expect to reach to nearly 40 billion Qatari Riyals in 2030.’

At its core, the Digital Agenda 2030 is built upon six strategic pillars: Digital Infrastructure, Digital Government, Digital Technologies, Digital Innovation, Digital Economy, and Digital Society. These pillars serve as the guiding framework for Qatar’s digital future and global digital competitiveness. Moreover, the agenda places special emphasis on empowering individuals and communities, seeking to enhance digital skills and integrate all segments of the Qatari society into the knowledge-based digital economy.

Anticipated outcomes from the effective implementation of the Digital Agenda’s six pillars include enhancing the effectiveness of the digital economy and society and accelerating the pace of economic transformation and competitive efficiency. This is achieved through the adoption of innovative digital strategies that prioritise inclusivity and foster sustainable prosperity in the digital era. The 2030 Digital Agenda embodies an ambitious vision aimed at building a prosperous Qatari future through the comprehensive digital transformation of services.

With an implementation plan comprising 23 strategic programs, the Digital Agenda 2030 is ready to make a tangible impact across all sectors of the national economy. It is expected that the implementation of these programs will lead to a compound annual growth rate of the actual GDP of 7.8% and significantly boost the contribution of the ICT sector to the gross product, potentially reaching a rate of up to 3.5% in non-oil GDP.

Central to the 2030 Digital Agenda is the cultivation of dynamic, forward-thinking concepts translated into tangible actions on the ground. These collaborative efforts are necessary to realise the ambitious objectives outlined in the roadmap. Consequently, the Digital Agenda 2030 emerges as a bold initiative aiming to position the country as a pioneering hub in digital technology, thereby achieving substantial economic and social benefits.

By 2030, Qatar envisions a comprehensive digital transformation, positioning itself as a powerful competitor in smart cities, e-governance, cybersecurity, and cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and metaverse technology. This transformative journey promises significant economic gains and solidifies Qatar’s status as a leader in digital technology on the global stage.

Read the full version of the Digital Agenda 2030 here.

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