By Taha Sakr
Saudi Arabia has made great progress in the United Nations e-commerce index issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as it came to the forefront of the most developed countries in the index to be among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector, as well as advanced in the global ranking to be ranked 49, advancing 3 places on the general index.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the newly released report indicated that the improvement achieved by Saudi Arabia came from two criteria, the first of which is the proportion of Internet use among individuals, which is witnessing a remarkable increase in the presence of an enabling and supportive digital architecture as a result of the great efforts made by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
The report was also based on the postal reliability standard, which enabled the postal and logistic services sector to make clear progress in it, as the improvement rate jumped to 93% instead of 80% according to the previous reading that was made last year, as this indicator depends on four pillars of measurement (Reliability, access, connectivity, flexibility).
For his part, Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah, confirmed that this achievement came as a result of the unlimited support from the rational leadership, which was reflected in the advanced level reached by Saudi’s communications and information technology sector, which contributed to establishing a solid digital architecture.
He pointed out that the Ministry, through its five-year strategy 2023, works with partners to develop Saudi Arabia’s digital capabilities in the field of communications and information technology, and to invest in an optimal way in the growth of its future projects, in order to achieve the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, serve individuals and societies, and keep pace with national requirements and global developments.
Moreover, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology pointed out that the Kingdom’s progress in the United Nations e-commerce index will contribute to stimulating the adoption of global best practices in this field, in addition to enhancing consumer confidence in electronic commerce.