Minister of digital economy and entrepreneurship Ahmed Al-Hananda said that protecting information assets in the Kingdom is crucial to ensuring the security of all workers and residents, creating new investment opportunities, developing businesses while increasing their effectiveness and efficiency, and due to the importance of cybersecurity, the government has issued the National Strategy for Cybersecurity 2018-2023 and a set of Institutional policies related to national cybersecurity, as the Ministry realizes the importance of having an effective cybersecurity system at the national level, as cyberspace requires systematic and comprehensive protection at the international, local and sectoral levels.
This came during a lecture he gave on Thursday, at the Royal Jordanian National Defense College, entitled "Digital Economy, Electronic Commerce, and National Security", for the scholars of the National Defense Course 20/20, in the presence of the college's commander, Brigadier General Azzam Rawahneh, and the president and members of directing staff
Al-Hananda stated that the ministry's vision is based on achieving a safe and inclusive digital economy that achieves sustainable economic and social development, preparing laws and regulations that are compatible with the goals of supporting and developing the digital economy and leadership, preparing policies, strategic plans and programs to develop digital infrastructure, in addition to developing integrated and reliable digital government services, building and managing And operating the national information system by taking advantage of sectoral databases to contribute to decision-making and raising the digital and entrepreneurial skills of citizens.
Minister Hanandeh clarified the issue of changing the name of the ministry, which was the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, before it became under its current name, which is the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, where he said that the change of name came as a result of expanding the tasks and duties of the ministry to be the sponsor of the digital economy and entrepreneurship in Jordan, based on what has been achieved in The communications and information technology sector over the past decades.
The Minister of Digital Economy indicated that given the importance of digital transformation and its impact on life, the Ministry has prepared the National Strategy for Digital Transformation and the Implementation Plan (2021-2025), which clarifies the necessary strategic requirements in order to improve the delivery of government services, raise the efficiency of government performance, and keep pace with progress in digital transformation globally. So that we have a digital environment that stimulates economic growth, supports entrepreneurship, and enables social and political stability.
Regarding the National Center for Cybersecurity, Al-Hananda said that the government issued the National Strategy for Cybersecurity 2018-2023 and a set of institutional policies related to national cybersecurity. Protecting information assets in the Kingdom is crucial to ensuring the security of all workers and residents, creating new investment opportunities, and developing business with Increasing its effectiveness and efficiency, stressing that the ministry is aware of the importance of having an effective cyber security system at the national level, as cyberspace requires systematic and comprehensive protection at the international, local and sectoral levels.
Regarding increasing Jordan's ability to actively participate in e-commerce, the minister explained that the aim of assessing the readiness of e-commerce in Jordan is to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges related to e-commerce and to increase national initiatives (policies and programs) that aim to raise Jordan's willingness and ability to engage in e-commerce. global and benefit from it.
He pointed out that work is underway to implement the e-commerce project through preparing a road map for the e-commerce action plan, preparing a draft report for assessing the readiness of e-commerce in Jordan by UNCTAD, collecting data through questionnaires, workshops and bilateral meetings with partners, in addition to appointing a national working group from Liaison officers from the partners and conducting desk review and preliminary discussions with the relevant authorities.
Regarding the Jordanian strategy for artificial intelligence and the implementation plan 2023-2027, Hanandeh pointed out that the ministry seeks to make Jordan a regional leader in the field of artificial intelligence and to provide a unique and attractive technological and entrepreneurial environment for artificial intelligence to be effective, supportive and an essential component of the national economy.
The Minister of Digital Economy noted that the ministry has initiated the implementation of a national project to measure the readiness of public sector institutions to adopt artificial intelligence and to develop a road map for public sector institutions in line with the national vision for artificial intelligence in the Kingdom.