By Hamed Mahmoud
Results of the new GCC E-Performance Index 2021 revealed that the six Gulf countries are progressing steadily in their digital transformation with varying degrees of development. The 2021 report was published by Orient Planet Research (OPR), the market research unit of Orient Planet Group (OPG), in partnership with information and communications technology (ICT) expert and independent researcher Abdul Kader Al Kamli.
Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, OPG, said: “The GCC E-Performance Index 2021 reflects the member states’ steady efforts to achieve global leadership and competitiveness in today’s digital era. Each country is advancing at its own pace, utilising a coordinated approach to digital innovations in line with its economic and social development agendas. Heavy investments in technological infrastructuresand next-generation tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics are also being made across the region to help accelerate the countries’ respective economic diversification policies. Such investments are crucialto significantly reinforce their non-oil sectors and fast-tracktheir sustainable development goals.”
Abou Zaki added: “We can gain valuable insights from the GCC E-Performance Index 2021 concerning each country’s commitment to transition to the digital era, its progress and the opportunities arising from its digitalization journey. The insights will help decision-makers, policymakers, government leaders and business executives to make the necessary actions to step up their digital transition according to their growth strategies. Their approaches should be designed in a way that will make them even more competitive in today’s highly connected and technology-driven society.”