Intelligent automation offers the potential to double the economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to $1.6 trillion, adding an additional $293 billion by 2030, according to new research commissioned by the cloud-native and web-based Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform Automation Anywhere.

Results of the Saudi Arabia: Showing way to the world research, from Ernst and Young (EY), also showed that the KSA has an opportunity to drive technology-led productivity through intelligent automation deployments. Intelligent automation is a combination of RPA and artificial intelligence and is key to accelerating digital transformation.

The EY modeller computed the impact of incremental automation adoption across all sectors of Saudi Arabia for three scenarios:

  • Optimistic scenario – 50% incremental intelligent automation adoption by organisations across the region will add $293 billion to the nominal gross domestic product (GDP)
  • Moderate scenario – 30% incremental adoption will add $184 billion to the nominal GDP
  • Conservative scenario – 15% incremental adoption will add $103 billion to the nominal GDP

The KSA has laid strong foundations by actively promoting private and public partnerships for its Vision 2030, a strategic framework that aims to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.

According to the new research, industries that include government services, the public sector, banking, insurance, energy, and materials, offer the best opportunities to maximise intelligent automation while achieving the Vision 2030 goals.  

“Intelligent automation will serve as a virtual workforce executing the repetitive and mundane tasks, allowing organisations to redeploy their workforce with improved skills and advanced productivity than ever before. Thus, we envision building a ‘Center of Excellence’ on process automation through the adoption of emerging technologies in intelligent automation to help accelerate and achieve our transformation goals and objectives in line with the overall bank’s strategy.” said Faisal Al-Rashoudi, Vice President and Head of Digitisation and Automation at Bank Aljazira.

The report identified three critical enablers to accelerate intelligent automation:  speed up the digital transformation of government entities and private enterprises by increasing fast and secure services through the cloud; increase training and development in digital skills, and support a stronger ecosystem of start-ups, enterprises, government, and academia to drive innovation.

Milan Sheth, Executive Vice President, IMEA, Automation Anywhere
Milan Sheth, Executive Vice President, IMEA, Automation Anywhere

“The economic disruption of Covid-19 caused a temporary slowdown; however, our customers have used this opportunity to accelerate their digital transformation journey and made their business more resilient with our award-winning cloud RPA platform,” said Milan Sheth, Executive Vice President, IMEA, Automation Anywhere. “We agree with the projections of the report and strongly believe that intelligent automation is the first step in a digital-first mindset and has the potential to act as a key lever in realising the Saudi Vision 2030 goals to diversify the economy and build the skills of the future.”

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