The Kingdom is witnessing a series of important transformations in its pursuit to sustain and continuously improve the quality of life for all citizens. As a leading national company today, stc is responsible for playing a vital role in shaping the future and achieving it’s desired sustainable development goals.

Mohammed K. A. Al Faisal

Chairman of the Board

Vision 2030 set ambitious goals for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to bring about a qualitative leap in the Saudi economy, including increasing gross domestic product (GDP), increasing non-oil private sector participation and reducing unemployment. Increasing Local Content is one of the main pillars for achieving these goals.

Olayan Bin Mohammed Alwetaid

stc Group CEO

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local Content 

the total expenditure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the participation of various Saudi elements from labor, goods, and services, to assets and technology.

percentage of Local Content

goods or services

local components used in producing goods or services



sources and components of goods used to develop productions chains



workforce involved in producing goods or offering services


technology & other

research & development and capacity building of Saudi workers



stc has been committed, since its inception, to developing key sectors in the Kingdom in addition to the long-term Local Content development that it undertakes. As Local Content is an essential part of stc's strategy for the year 2017, stc launched the Rawafed in 2018

rawafed's vision is to champion Local Content to build, develop and grow the ICT sector within KSA by increasing its overall contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP.

rawafed strategy

stc is committed to leading and developing local content in the ICT sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by increasing our contribution to the development of the local content, where rawafed from stc is the main means to achieve this ambitious goal through its strategic themes.

strategic themes

the rawafed program strategy is built on four main pillars that can be summarized as below:

SME development 

grow direct and indirect spending with SMEs through SME development plans.

establish direct partnerships with SMEs

industry localization

support localizing manufacturing & create new industries within KSA.

Attract Suppliers to localize supply chain and operations.

digitization & innovation

develop local innovation plans with strategic Suppliers.

foster innovation through sector focused training and learning.

workforce development

increase saudization rate at key positions.

empower women participation in ICT sector.

drive suppliers to increase saudization through targets and KPIs.

operating Model

through its operating model, Rawafed program presents a sustainable institutional work that focuses on the continuity of the creation and development of Local Content in stc.


identify & prioritize Local Content opportunities based on strategic pillars and define Local Content targets


execute Local Content targets, monitor performance and submit periodic reports


show Local Content growth and improve performance continually

rawafed journey

stc has made significant commitments towards developing local content and contributing to increasing the GDP in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Here are the highlights of the journey:

  • prior to 2018

    prior to 2018

    • support the employment of Saudi nationals to increase the local workforce in ICT sector.
    • support the local manufacturers and ICT industry localization ( e.g. Fiber Optics)
    • consider the local content as an essential part of stc’s strategy.
  • 2018 – 2019

    2018 – 2019

    • launch Rawafed and its strategic pillars to develop the local content within the group.
    • cooperate with ICT industry leaders and financing agencies (e.g. SIDF) through signing collaborative agreements.
    • launch the partnership with Local Content and Government Procurement Authority (LCGPA) and establish the Local Content Coordination Leadership Council with the participation of stc as a representative of ICT sector.
  • 2020 – 2023

    2020 – 2023

    • Launch Partner Day and Rawafed Awards.
    • Target stc projects and purchases to include and maximize the local content.
    • Spread local content awareness, knowledge and e-training for the company's employees and suppliers
    • Publish the operating model and policy for local content
    • Sign agreements with several entities and institutions to develop the local content and ICT industry localization.


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