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First ESCWA-LAS Joint Workshop on Developing the Arab Digital Agenda / ICT Strategy A standalone Side-Event in parallel to the 32nd Arab Working Group on the Arab ICT strategy

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24
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2021
Location: 
Virtual meeting
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The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States (LAS) are organizing the First Joint Workshop on Developing the Arab Digital Agenda / ICT Strategy (ADAICTS) as a standalone Side-Event in parallel to the 32nd Arab Working Group on the Arab ICT strategy. The event is being held within the framework of the strategic cooperation between the two organizations and in the context of the related track of Advancing Digital Cooperation and Development Arab States Action Programme (ADCD-ASAP), launched by ESCWA in 2020.
The workshop aims to kick-off the process for shaping and developing the ADAICTS as a joint regional public good and to agree on the way forward with prospective partners. It sets the stage for a series of similar multi-stakeholders’ events, under the leadership of ESCWA and the umbrella of the League of Arab States, that gather key partners from the Arab countries and Arab and UN organizations and multi-stakeholders active in the ICT for development field in the Arab region, to elaborate and discuss successive versions of the ADAICTS.

The ADAICTS structure builds on the five clusters of the updated guiding template for the National Digital Development Reviews/Arab Digital Development Report (NDDRs/ADDR) for 2021, and is guided by the “ESCWA's vision on the work modalities for producing, developing and implementing the Arab Information and Communication Technology Strategy (The Arab Digital Agenda EVWM document and deliberations of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) to be established by LAS Working Group in response to the recommendations of the 31st meeting on 29 September 2020.
The participatory process will lead to the elaboration of the Unified Arab Digital Agenda for the ten coming years, expected to be finalized by the end of 2021, endorsed by the Arab ICT ministers and launched soon after.
The first workshop focuses on the following:

  • The Strategic and Programmatic Context of the Arab Digital Cooperation and Development - Arab States Action Programme (ADCD-ASAP), and an overview of the Joint Project to Co-Develop the Arab Digital Agenda/ICT Strategy (ADAICTS);
  • Perspectives on Regional Digital Development Agendas in different parts of the World;
  • Roundtable on National Digital Agendas and Strategies in the Arab region;
  • Perspectives of the key partners to the ADAICTS Joint Project (by Arab organisations and UN bodies);
  • Roundtable on the Current Status and the Way Forward, that recaps on the main findings and conclusions from the workshop deliberations and gives a glimpse on the proposed structure of the intended Arab Digital Agenda/ICT Strategy, touching on how major parallel regional tracks that are taking place during 2021 can reflect on the intended ADAICTS, and the way forward.

Meeting Details

Background Documents:

Presentations:

Day 1:

Session I: Perspectives on Regional Digital Development Agendas in different parts of the World
 
-   The Regional Digital Strategy/Agenda of Europe (European Commission)
Mr. Thibaut Kleiner, Director, Directorate of Policy Strategy & Outreach, Director General Communications Networks, Content & Technology – CONNECT, European Commission (PPT available)
-   The Regional Digital Strategy/Agenda of Africa (United Nations-Economic Commission for Africa)
Mr. Jean-Paul ADAM, Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management Division, ECA (PPT available)
-   The Regional Digital Strategy/Agenda of Latin America & the Caribbean (United Nations-Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)
Mr. Sebastian Rovira, Economic Affairs Officer, Innovation and New Technologies, Division of Production, Productivity and Management, ECLAC (PPT available)
-   The Regional Digital Strategy/Agenda of Asia Pacific (United Nations-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
Ms. Tiziana Bonapace, Director, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP (PPT available)
-   The Arab Digital Development Framework and Process for National Digital Development Reviews/National Digital Development Agendas/Arab Digital Development Report (UN-ESCWA)
Mr. Mansour Farah, ESCWA Consultant (PPT available in Arabic)
 
Session II: Roundtable on National Digital Agendas and Strategies in the Arab region (by Member States
Interventions from Arab countries on National ICT Strategies and Digital Development Agenda (existing or in-progress, or being planned for).

  1. Mr. Tawfiq Abu-baker, Director of Policies and Strategies, Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Filled Template available in Arabic)
  2. Mr. Oma Alnemer, Telecom Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates (Filled Template available in Arabic)
  3. Ms. Thouraya Ezzine, Director General of Communication Technologies, Ministry of Communication Technology and Digital Economy, Republic of Tunisia (PPT expected) Filled Template available in Arabic)
  4. Mr. Ibrahim Bakhit, Director General, National Information Center (NIC), Ministry of the Council of Ministers, Republic of Sudan (No PPT)
  5. Ms. Ban Mohamed Ali, Ministry of Communications (MOC), Republic of Iraq (No PPT)
  6. Mr. Rashid Alalawi, Director of Communications and Postal Affairs Department, Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology (MTCIT), Sultanate of Oman (PPT available in Arabic)
  7. Mr. Fadi Morjaneh, Director General of e-Government General Directorate, Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology (MTIT), Palestine (No PPT)
  8. Ms. Samah Aziz, Director of the International Relations Division, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Arab Republic of Egypt (PPT expected)
  9. Mr. El Hassen ould Babe, Director of Infrastructure, Development and Technology Watch, Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technologies (MESRSTIC), Islamic Republic of Mauritania (PPT available) Filled Template available in Arabic)

Day 2:

Session III: Perspectives of the key partners to the ADAICTS Joint Project (by Arab organisations and UN bodies)
 
Arab Regional Organizations Partners

  1. Mr. Ayman Ghoneim, Strategic Planning Advisor, Arab Federation for Digital Economy, Council of Arab Economic Unity (AFDE/CAEU) (PPT available in Arabic)
  2. Mr. Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary-General, Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) (PPT available in Arabic)
  3. Mr. Mustapha Khattab, Research, Studies and Consulting Department, Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) (No PPT)

United Nations Organizations Partners (in alphabetical order)

  1. Mr. Karim Abdelghani, Programme Coordinator, International Telecommunication Union-Arab Region Office (ITU-ARO), Cairo (PPT expected)
  2. Mr. Torbjorn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Policy Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva (No PPT)
  3. Mr. Deniz Susar, Governance and Public Administration Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), New York (PPT expected)
  4. Mr. Paul Hector, Associate Researcher, Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, Lab for Innovation, Technology, Economics & Management (LITEM), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-Cairo Office)

Final Report: