Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Kuwait Information Technology Report Q4 2013", is now available at Fast Market Research
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/07/2013 -- High government expenditure and growing private consumption will be the key drivers in Kuwait's IT market during our forecast period, through to 2017. We forecast the Kuwaiti IT market to expand to KWD278mn in 2013, an increase of 3.9%. The government aims to roll out initiatives across a range of segments of the economy including construction and e-government. We expect higher disposable income levels and the arrival of new IT products and services, including convertible laptops, to boost growth in the consumer segment. However, the extent of this growth may be held back by the government's efforts to trim the country's expatriate workforce.
Headline Expenditure Projections
- Computer Hardware Sales: KWD113mn in 2012 to KWD114mn in 2013, +1.4% in local currency terms. Relatively low household PC penetration means there is a growth opportunity both in terms of first-time buyers and in the upgrade/replacement market.
- Software Sales: KWD73mn in 2012 to KWD76 in 2013, +5.5% in local currency terms. Growing regional competition is fuelling enterprise spending on software and systems, however it is IT security software and solutions that we expect to outperform as awareness of risks and regional political tensions combine to create fertile growth conditions.
- IT Services Sales: KWD83mn in 2012 to KWD88mn in 2013, a 4.3% increase in local currency terms. Cloud computing, e-government and machine-to-machine services are identified as key growth areas that will make IT services a growth outperformer in the market from 2013 to 2017.
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Kuwait sits in fourth position in our Q4 2013 IT RRR table for MENA with a score of 60.5. Kuwait lies behind Qatar, Israel, and the UAE, but ahead of potentially larger markets such as Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
Key Trends & Developments
BMI believes that over the medium term the IT security software and solutions market is set to boom in Kuwait, and indeed across the Middle East region. This is because critical infrastructure, as well as enterprises and consumers, are exposed to a high incidence of cyber security threats due to escalating political tensions in the region. End-users have an increasing awareness of the threats posed, with an August 2013 survey by Gulf Business Machines showing 71% of IT experts in Kuwait believe the country is a prime target for cyber attacks. This opportunity has lead vendors to target Kuwait and the wider region. For instance, in May 2012, IT consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton established a local presence in Kuwait in order to secure government and commercial IT security contracts in key sectors such as energy, financial services, healthcare and telecoms.
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