In the presence of representatives of the educational platform of Edrak, the Arab Administrative Development Organization and the Association of Arab Universities
The Council of Economic Unity of the League of Arab States held a remote meeting via the Internet with a number of stakeholders, which included the Edraak educational platform, the Arab Administrative Development Organization, and the Union of Arab Universities, to discuss the latest developments and developments related to the project inaugurating the Arab Digital University.
The meeting was attended by His Excellency Dr. Ali Muhammad Al-Khoury, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity and President of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, and his accompanying delegation, Ms. Sherine Yaqoub, CEO of the Edrak educational platform, and her accompanying delegation, and Ms. Lina Al-Bitar, Director of the General Administration of the Union of Arab Universities, and Mr. Tarek Salem, Director of the Training Department at the Arab Administrative Development Organization, and the accompanying delegation.
The meeting included a discussion of the proposed ways of cooperation on the Arab Digital University project, which is one of the initiatives emanating from the Arab vision for the digital economy, which was announced during the activities of the Digital Economy Conference (Seamless Middle East 2020) in Dubai last November.
The project aims for the digital university to be the integrated digital platform through which free specialized educational and training programs are provided to members of society, whether they are natural individuals or government institutions, as well as granting trainees accredited certificates at low costs and in different languages via the Internet, which makes it an important and new tool for spreading knowledge. And knowledge of the emerging economies to cover the Middle East and North Africa and West African countries.
It is worth noting that the Arab vision for the digital economy was announced for the first time at the Arab Digital Economy Conference held in Abu Dhabi in December 2018, an event that was sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the attendance of hundreds of stakeholders Executives and officials in Arab and African countries, specialists and those interested in economic and technological affairs. Harvard University, Cairo University, international organizations, and experts from the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Economic Cooperation Organization, and the European Union participated in preparing the vision.