23May 2022

CRA Holds a Workshop about ICT Sector Development in Qatar


The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) held yesterday a workshop themed as “Enablers of the ICT Sector Development in Qatar”. The workshop was conducted at the Digital Center of Excellence, Msheireb Downtown and engaged industry leaders and key stakeholders in an interactive session to discuss perspectives and collect insights on main issues related to developing and growing the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Qatar.

The workshop comes as part of a large-scale strategic CRA research study aimed at building measurements and a comprehensive understanding of Qatar’s Information Technology (IT) industry and the ICT sector as a whole. The study focuses on collecting data and exploring gaps and challenges, but also opportunities and available potential for future sector development. The research findings and insights will support CRA’s efforts on publishing sector data and for targeting further government initiatives and building an effective regulatory framework in support of the sector growth and leveraging its potential.

The workshop was attended by a wide circle of representatives from the entire ICT ecosystem - local industry (both established players and startups), government entities, research organizations, licensing platforms, incubation centers, academia, and other key verticals. The event turned out to be a good opportunity for an engaging discussion between all parties who brought their views and experiences in an interactive discussion centered around key relevant topics such as ICT funding, regulations, infrastructure, talent, and skilling.

The participants discussed the main barriers and challenges for Qatar’s ICT sector and highlighted potential opportunities and current good initiatives driving the sector's development. They also showcased relevant use cases from a regional and international perspective and discussed future priorities and perspectives.

It is worth mentioning that as part of the CRA ICT Sector research study, in April this year CRA launched a survey for all IT businesses in Qatar. The survey aims at collecting data and perceptions from all local providers of IT goods and services. The survey is available until the end of June 2022 in both face-to-face format and online through CRA’s website at www.cra.gov.qa.