The Arab Union for Digital Economy is discussing with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) the role of the digital agenda in achieving development

Date: 27 - 07 - 2023

Abu Dhabi

The Arab Federation for Digital Economy of the Council of Economic Unity of the League of Arab States held a meeting with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to discuss enhancing opportunities for cooperation between the two sides in the areas of digital transformation and its role in achieving development in the Arab region, and to review the joint project between ESCWA, the League of Arab States and the Union. The Arab League for the Digital Economy concerned with developing and activating the Arab digital agenda, as well as consulting on organizing the Global Arab Forum for Digital Cooperation and Development and discussing some axes related to the interests of the two organizations.

The meeting was attended by HE Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri, Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity and President of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, Dr. Ayman El-Sherbiny, Head of ICT Policy at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and the members are representatives of both sides.

Dr. pointed out. Ayman El-Sherbiny indicated that the digital agenda project led by ESCWA and the League of Arab States in partnership with international and Arab organizations aims to increase Arab cooperation, set goals and indicators to promote digital development, and includes digital advancement in all economic and service sectors in Arab countries, and linking programs, initiatives and projects in the context of the framework of partnerships and action. Cooperative for the effective and successful implementation of the Arab Digital Agenda, which will be implemented within 10 years from 2023 to 2033.

For his part, His Excellency Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri emphasized the importance of joint Arab action to enable Arab countries to activate the Arab digital agenda to ensure the achievement of their ambitious goals, and that all consultative meetings and meetings aim to strengthen Arab efforts, especially in the technical and digital fields.

He continued that the Arab vision for the digital economy that was approved during the Arab Summit in Algeria, an initiative sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, was among one of the most important pillars of the Arab digital agenda, as it includes a number of initiatives that must be found. Practical plans and mechanisms for their implementation, through two important mechanisms for launching strategic projects and initiatives, one of which is activating the partnership axis between the government and the private sector, and the other is related to financing and investment.

He also affirmed his happiness that the Arab Union for the Digital Economy is keen among its priorities to participate in spreading knowledge and awareness of the importance of digital transformation, and strengthening the means and mechanisms of joint Arab action towards achieving the Arab vision for the digital economy.