Bahrain ranks first for ICT talent in the GCC, according to UN Report

The Kingdom of Bahrain was recently ranked as first in the GCC for availability of advanced computer programming talent in Information and Computer Technology (ICT), according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Report 2020.

The ITU is a specialised agency of the UN responsible for matters related to information and communication technologies including setting the international standards for ICT indicators. The annual price trends report recently released, measures the level of digital transformation throughout the world, and highlights the value and quality of ICT services provided by local operators.

As indicated in this report, Bahrain continues to meet the UN affordability of 2% GNI per capita target across all ICT packages measured, providing accessible and affordable technology for its community. The report also scores Bahrain as the best in data value per GB within the GCC, and 2nd in the Gulf (8th in the world) for affordability of basic mobile cellular packages.

Dalal Buhejji, Executive Director of Investments at the Economic Development Board said, “Bahrain continues to attract direct investments within the ICT sector which is driven by many factors such as the availability of ICT talent, the competitive cost of doing business which forms the financial attractiveness for investors to set up and operates from the Kingdom.

Bahrain’s high ranking in this report is a testament to the kingdoms strategy and investment to further advance the ICT sector. In fact, just last year Bahrain Economic Development Board attracted over BD300 million in direct investments which included many within the ICT sector which will generate employment opportunities in Bahrain.”


For more information, please contact:

Mahmood Ali
Executive Director, Communications
Economic Development Board
Phone : +973-39798919
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About Bahrain Economic Development Board

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, technology and innovation, tourism, education, healthcare, logistics and transport.

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