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Jordan takes part in international Web Summit

By JT - Nov 02,2022 - Last updated at Nov 02,2022

AMMAN — The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship is participating in the 2022 Web Summit, an event that brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry.

For the first time ever, the Kingdom will host its own booth at the event, represented by Jordan Source, a programme created in line with the vision of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, and implemented by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, according to a ministry statement released on Wednesday, as reported by the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

The aim of Jordan Source is to promote the Kingdom as an ideal destination for investments in the ICT sector, in addition to facilitating this investment journey, by providing wide-reaching support and numerous incentives, applicable to the ICT sector in general and to IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing (ITO/BPO) in particular.

This year, the high-profile event will take place from November 1 to 4, and it is anticipated to welcome more than 70,000 tech professionals from across the globe, including a large number of investors and over 250 media outlets that will cover the most prominent events, sessions and various activities.

The conference also includes an array of esteemed international speakers, including Her Majesty Queen Rania who will act as this year’s keynote speaker. Her Majesty is set host a fireside chat entitled, “Battling Built-in Biases”, which addresses how built-in biases contribute to discrimination and inequality, and how the need is urgent to prioritise compassion,  also reflecting on the growing global refugee crisis, and how tech can help bring dignity to people’s lives.

The Jordanian delegation is being led by Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Hanandeh, and includes a designated team from the ministry, more than half-a-dozen Jordanian startups, and six IT outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies.

During the event’s various activities and discussions, Marwan Juma, vice president of the National Council for Entrepreneurship, and several of the most noticeable leaders and influencers from the Jordanian entrepreneurial scene will showcase inspiring success stories. Other speakers will highlight how Jordan’s leadership as an ITO and BPO hub has added value to their businesses and operations.

Young Jordanian talents will also be highlighted, as well as the Kingdom’s competitive advantage, governmental support, and the incredible development of the country’s entrepreneurship framework.

Through its dedicated booth at Web Summit, the ministry’s delegation and Jordan Source will be engaging visitors and potential investors in a variety of activities all of which are designed to elevate the country’s profile as an ICT business and investment destination, underscoring Jordan’s incredible wealth of talent, supportive business environment, world-class ICT infrastructure, and exceptional warmth and hospitality.

Hanandeh said: “The advantages of the Kingdom’s local talents and entrepreneurial spirit cannot be overstated. The country is an ideal environment for everyone from small startups to major multinational corporations. This is evidenced every day by the wealth of companies that choose to invest in Jordan and, of course, by the incredible achievements of Jordan’s young, educated and driven ICT workforce. We are honored to be able to showcase such talents at a major global tech event like Web Summit.”

The participation of local tech startups in events like Web Summit 2022 is one of the primary goals of the Youth, Technology, and Jobs project, which works to supports the growth of digitally innovative companies in the Kingdom. This includes companies that provide IT and business process outsourcing services and digital entrepreneurs to expand into new markets both on a regional and global level.

This year, the following Jordanian startups are participating in Web Summit: Bith.TV, Shop4me, Repzo, Palmear, CertaCure, Sager Drones and Xina Ai. Meanwhile, the following ITO and BPO companies are also taking part in the event: NexTwo, Webhelp, Crystal Call, Aspire, CS MENA, and GNTeq. Visitors to Web Summit 2022 are invited to visit the Jordan Source booth and take part in a variety of interactive activities and experiences, according to Petra.

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