Senior Government Officials Gather for CAIT’s 'Kuwait National ICT Indicators Forum 2017' | About IDC | IDC CEMA

Kuwait – More than 150 of Kuwait's most prominent ICT decision makers gathered earlier this week at the 'Kuwait National ICT Indicators Forum 2017', hosted by the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) at its Kuwait City headquarters in association with International Data Corporation (IDC) and RAWASI Consultancy. Running under the theme 'The Journey Towards a Digital Society & Economy', the event attracted senior representatives from Kuwait's most influential public-sector organizations, as well as the country's most prominent ICT leaders and respected executives from a wide range of industries.

Through its Vision 2035 initiative, Kuwait is embarking on a comprehensive digital transformation journey, with CAIT spearheading efforts to create a truly digital society and economy. Featuring expert insights from Qusai Al-Shatti, CAIT's acting director general, and Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, the 'Kuwait National ICT Indicators Forum 2017' provided a platform for key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to discuss the progress that is being made.

"Kuwait is undergoing the transformation of all its government systems, citizen services, telecommunications infrastructure to provide best-in-class services to all our people," said Al-Shatti as he delivered the event's opening address. "Going ahead, our focus is primarily on adopting a wide variety of emerging technologies and applying them in alignment with Kuwait's overarching vision and long-term sustainable economic development."

Lalchandani followed up by stating that progressive governments around the world are making significant investments in the digitalization of citizen-centric services, with smart government, smart utilities, smart health, and smart transportation services forming the bedrock of the movement towards building a Smart Nation. "The benefits of these services are significant in terms of increased competitiveness, productivity, efficiency, and overall happiness," he said. "However, governments are facing considerable challenges when it comes to implementing common standards, driving citizen acceptance, sourcing adequate investment, establishing public-private partnerships, and managing the different pace of adoption across different entities."

The event showcased findings from a series of studies recently conducted by CAIT to assess the current state of ICT maturity, adoption, and usage in Kuwait and help deliver widespread improvements for all sectors of the economy. These findings were supplemented by a series of informative panel discussions that addressed issues such as the rise of digital government in Kuwait, the growing demands for a digital society, and the pressing need to develop the ICT skills required to thrive in a digital economy.

The expert panelists included Fahad Al-Menayes, CEO of Credit Information Network Company (CINET), Haider Kamal, operation controller supervisor from the Ministry of Finance, Abdulaziz Ahmed Alduaij, manager of information technology at Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), and Praful Thummar, vice president of IT at Jazeera Airways.

For more information about the event, please visit www.idc-cema.com/ictforumkw  or contact the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) on 1888810. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #KWICTFORUM.