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Jordan IT and IT enabled services Industry statistics announced.

Amman,Sep.17(Petra)-Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MOICT) and the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan - int@j announced the IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) industry statistics for the year 2011.

The 2011 survey results indicated that the total IT revenues exceeded $738 million of which exports revenues exceeded $ 230.5 million indicating a 14% growth rate in export revenues leading to 1% growth rate in total revenue from previous year (2010).

According to the new survey , employment in IT and ITES grew to approximately 11,235 direct employees in IT and ITES, and reached 4,600 in telecommunications. With respect to the distribution of export revenues regionally and globally, figures reflected an increase in demand from the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) market of Jordan ICT products and services, mainly in Saudi Arabia.

Revenues generated from exports were distributed as follows: Saudi Arabia (39%), USA (9%), UAE (8.5%), Iraq (6%), Qatar (4%), Oman (4%), Netherlands (3%), Palestine (3%), UK (2%), and Sudan (2%),while the remaining of export revenues were distributed between 48 regional and international countries.

On the other hand, "high value-added" IT activities generated around 90% of exports ,while about 35% of the domestic revenues demonstrating that the IT industry brings high value to the Jordanian economy mainly in exports.

Minister of MOICT Atef Al Tal emphasized the importance of the joint efforts between his ministry and INT@ which aim at developing the ICT sector in the Kingdom, including the provision of relevant statistical information that is essential for drawing sound policies and developing future plans for the sector which contribute to the development of the national economy.

Chairman of int@j, Mohammad Tahboub, indicated that the association is working closely with Moict on conducting this survey annually with the objective of identifying the true size of the sector and its players as well as identifying and classifying its activities according to international standards.

Int@j and MoICT adopted in the survey UN and OECD definition of the ICT and ITES sector and the sector's activities based on ISIC 4.0 classification. The survey was conducted electronically through a web enabled solution and targeted all IT and ITES companies in Jordan.

According to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, telecommunications sector revenues for 2011 exceeded $1.67 billion . Accordingly the total Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector revenues for 2011 reached approximately $ 2.4 billion compared $2.35 billion in 2010.

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