EU-funded project El-Hiwar II- Euro-Arab policy dialogue on Digital Opportunities

In the framework of the EU-funded project El-Hiwar II, the College of Europe Executive Education, Training & Projects Office organised on 5 April 2022 an online Policy Dialogue on Digital Opportunities.

Policy Dialogue on Digital Opportunities agenda

Both the Arab region and Europe are embarked in massive and far-reaching digital transformation processes. Digitalisation presents many challenges but also numerous opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated this process with the rapid expansion of teleworking and remote learning. These transformations are an opportunity for increased cooperation within and between both regions.

This event aimed at contrasting the debates and priorities in the Arab region and those in the EU.

It also aimed to specifically look into three areas: (1) inclusivity, particularly taking into account the long-lasting effects of the pandemic; (2) smart cities and digital infrastructure development and (3) artificial intelligence.

This event consisted of a series of online roundtable discussions amongst a group of officials from the EU and League of Arab States and its specialised institutions, researchers, business communities, civil society organisations, as well as partnering regional and international institutions.

El-Hiwar II: Training and Information Course on Euro-Arab Diplomacy, is a project funded by DG NEAR and implemented by the College of Europe. It is conceived as a dialogue tool for the EU and the LAS to support strengthened work relations and to learn about each other's functioning, mechanisms and policies.

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