The Kingdom has invested heavily in its digital infrastructure, both physical and virtual, in recent years as part of its Vision 2030 plan to reform the economy for a post-hydrocarbon age. The World Bank reports that 91 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population already has access to fast 4G mobile broadband, with three million homes also connected to fixed broadband.
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“Leveraging two decades of continued investment in modern digital infrastructure and robust digital government platforms, the country’s digital capabilities have provided a solid foundation for key aspects of the COVID-19 emergency response, including continued access to various e-government services,” Dr. Zaki Khoury, a senior digital development specialist at the World Bank said in the blog post.
Khoury, in particular, pointed to the Kingdom’s e-government programs, including Yesser, Mawid, and Absher, as examples of success, noting that the government’s main online portal has managed to maintain reliable access to over 900 different government services despite a surge in traffic after a national curfew was put in place.
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