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IDC To Explore Future Of Saudi Digital Economy At CIO Summit

The event will take place at the Fairmont Riyadh on September 13-14 and bring together IT and telecom leaders, digital pioneers, and industry thought leaders.

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Spurred by an influx of foreign investment and a $7 trillion development plan for Saudi Arabia’s giga projects, ICT spending in the Kingdom is set to top $34.5 billion this year. The government sector will be the country’s largest IT spender in 2023, with the budget for AI, IoT, cybersecurity, and data analytics exceeding $574 million.

These issues will sit at the heart of this year’s IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit, taking place at the Fairmont Riyadh on September 13-14. Under the theme of “Enabling the Digital Economy’s Leaders”, the event will bring together IT and telecom leaders, digital pioneers, regulators, and industry thought leaders. A panel of expert speakers will discuss the current state of the Saudi digital economy, assessing its impact on citizens, customers, and employees while outlining best practices and strategies to drive future success.

“To harness the full potential and widespread benefits of the digital economy, governments and businesses must implement strategies to measure and cultivate it,” said Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. “Creating regulatory environments and nurturing talent will be critical to success. Today, technology plays an ever-increasing role in enabling, measuring, and reporting on sustainability initiatives and diversity and inclusion drives, with government and business leaders prioritizing these issues on their digital agendas”.

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IDC chief research officer, Meredith Whalen, will open the summit with a keynote titled “Strategies for the CIO and Enterprise Innovation”, where she will highlight IDC’s latest research on the move toward industry ecosystem innovation and tech decentralization.

“CIOs are no longer just technology leaders,” says Whalen. “They are strategic partners who have a critical role to play in driving enterprise-wide growth, and it is important that they fully understand what needs to be done now and in the future to create an environment for long-term sustainable innovation. The IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit is the perfect place for CIOs to learn from their peers, network with industry leaders, and get the insights they need to succeed in the digital age”.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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