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publication June 26, 2019

Mashreq 2.0: Digital Transformation for Inclusive Growth and Jobs

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Digital transformation of the Mashreq economies can help address the Region’s most imminent challenges at this critical juncture.

The Mashreq countries have a unique opportunity to catch up in strengthening their digital economy ecosystems and reposition themselves as strong economic competitors at the regional as well as interregional level.

Building the ecosystem of a regional digital economy would greatly benefit from two main comparative advantages the region’s countries enjoy: competitive higher education levels and tech-savvy youth, and a strategic position that allows them to be at the center of advanced services, trade, and connectivity.