Capacity-building on national digital development reviews: foundational workshop - ESCWA
9-10 November 2021
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Capacity-building on national digital development reviews: foundational workshop

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Regional workshop for national and sectoral focal points

National digital development reviews (NDDRs) are essential for assessing, reviewing and analysing digital development in the Arab region, providing a tool for regularly monitoring progress and devising evidence-based policies, strategies and action plans. ESCWA, in cooperation with participating countries, seeks to enhance the quality and impact of the NDDRs so as to harness digital transformation for sustainable and inclusive economic development. ESCWA organized four orientation sessions on the 2021-2022 NDDRs project, on 12 and 13 October 2021, in which around 50 experts from Arab countries participated. The sessions built upon the Arab digital development report 2019.

The November 2021 capacity-building workshop, conducted in Arabic, offers an overview of the NDDRs methodology and focuses on the guiding manual as the main tool for drafting the 2021-2022 NDDRs. Lessons learnt through the challenges faced during the initial 2019 NDDRs are a key issue and bring attention to the importance of partnerships with all relevant stakeholders. 

 

Outcome document

Within the framework of the Capacity Building Programme on National Digital Development Reviews Reports (NDDRs) 2021 in the Arab region, ESCWA conducted a foundational workshop for National and Sectoral Focal Points, via internet, on 9 and 10 November 2021.

75 experts from 15 Arab countries; namely, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, involved in the preparation of these reports, participated in the training workshop.

The training workshop introduced the NDDRs methodology and the guiding manual consisting of four components: the conceptual framework, the standard template, the review process, and the terms of reference for national focal points, as a main tool for drafting the NDDRs for 2021-2022.

The workshop elaborated extensively on the standard template, and the five clusters of the digital development conceptual framework, spotlighting lessons learned from NDDRs 2019.

The presentations delivered on the first day covered clusters 1, 2 & 3, on national, regional and international strategic frameworks, infrastructure and legal environment, and digital economy, employment and trade, highlighting selected examples to learn from NDDRs 2019 and avoid potential drafting errors on the subject.

Clusters 4&5 on digital transformation and social inclusion, and cultural and media policy areas, were presented on the second day of the workshop, supported by selected examples to ease the drafting on the subject.

The closing session of the workshop reviewed the next steps, requesting the focal points of the participating countries to submit the inception document no later than Thursday, November 25, 2021, including literature review, the constitution of the national supervising committee (if needed), potential national partners/institutions/experts, and a proposed methodology to prepare the NDDR, with an envisaged timeline and due date for submission of outputs, also noting the deadline of April 2021 to submit the NDDR final draft.

Participating countries were also asked to hold the first national workshop during the last week of November to maximize benefit and be ready for participation in the next training workshop expected to take place on December 23, 2021.

Welcoming remarks, overview of the agenda of the Foundational Regional Workshop and the National Digital Development Reviews (NDDRs) process.

Focused on the details of Cluster 1 of the National Digital Development Reviews Standard Template, focusing on National Strategic Frameworks, and cooperation and contribution to Regional and International frameworks.

Focused on the details of Cluster 1 of the National Digital Development Reviews Standard Template, focusing on National Strategic Frameworks, and cooperation and contribution to Regional and International frameworks.

Presented the main pillars of Cluster 3 of the National Digital Development Reviews Standard Template, on Digital Economy, Employment and Trade Policy Areas, in addition to the ICT sector economic impact and contribution to the national economy

Discussed Cluster 4 , of the National Digital Development Reviews Standard Template, with focus on Digital Transformation, access and Social Inclusion policy areas.

Presented Cluster 5 of the National Digital Development Reviews Standard Template,

on Culture and Media Policy areas.

 

As the closing session, reviewed the progress of work and next steps, as well as the progress made by selected countries.


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