Telecom industry experts called on economies in the Middle East region to embrace the digital revolution in order to achieve the next stage of economic growth and improve the living standards of citizens and residents, during the Beyond Connectivity 2015 summit hosted by SAMENA Council in Doha.
The experts’ comments came during a panel discussion on the topic ‘Digital Transformation: A long journey that needs to start now’, which sought to identify the way forward for regional economies in a world that is constantly being shaped by technology. The discussion was chaired by Osama Ghoul, managing partner of Devoteam.
“Growing the economy is a primary objective of the countries in the Middle East. A major approach to do that is by increasing the productivity of their citizens, organizations and establishments. Increasing productivity has a major impact on citizens’ standard of living, especially if we consider that a small increase of 4% in productivity will double living standards every 17 years,” Ghoul said.
Ghoul remarked that while the Middle East region is today witnessing several initiatives towards adopting the digital agenda, these remain largely in the envisioning stage. “We believe that the proof of the pudding will be in the execution and the associated change management culture that will embrace the use of the digital agenda for the benefit of people and communities,” he said.