Dubai United Arab Emirates
In her keynote speech during the “Seamless 2022” Conference and Exhibition on Digital Economy Technologies, the representative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Barbara Ubaldi, head of the digital government unit in the organization, explained that the Middle East region has three basic necessities. The first is related to the pursuit of comprehensive digital transformation efforts, and that It is not about applying the latest technologies, but about driving change for the good of the world, and that the needs and expectations of citizens must come at the heart of the digital transformation process.
As for the second necessity that she referred to, it was about engaging in cooperative partnerships, and that this should be based on the common goals of supporting digital transformation in the region and seizing opportunities to achieve better results for economies and societies as a whole.
As for the third imperative, it was about the importance of adopting a standardized approach to support progress, through key measurement tools such as the digital government indicators issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It also referred to the Arab Index of the Digital Economy as an important and supportive means of transformation efforts in the Arab region.
Watch: A video of the OECD’s speech at the Seamless Conference 2022