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Expert Group Meeting on National Digital Development Reports and Workshop on the UAE National Report


As part of ESCWA preparations for the 2019 Arab Digital Development Report (ADDR), the Expert Group Meeting on National Digital Development Reports and the Workshop on the UAE National Report were held in Dubai, from 5 to 7 February 2019. The events were attended by 34 participants from 11 Arab countries, namely from Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and UAE. 30 per cent of the attendees were women.
The national workshop was hosted by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on 5 February 2019, and was held in partnership with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and the  Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) School of Government. The workshop aimed to bring together national focal points to prepare the UAE National Digital Development Report.
The regional meeting was hosted by and in partnership with the MBR School of Government and held on 6-7 February 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the initial draft of the National Digital Development Reports, prepared by experts focal points, who relied on a guiding template that requires the collection of quantitative and qualitative information.  The template covers national policies, initiatives, plans and measurement methods in the areas of digital development, and links between the WSIS action lines and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and includes UNDESA member states questionnaire on e-government. 
During both parts of the event, the national reports were overviewed based on the five-clusters structure suggested by the ESCWA guiding template. Experts and focal points discussed the main obstacles and challenges they are facing during the process, and a list of recommendations was compiled based on the focal points' experiences in the preparation of the reports for the countries of, namely for Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, and Syrian Arab Republic.