This report provides a policy-relevant summary of the main findings of a 2020–21 research
project by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic
Research Forum (ERF) on digitalization, growth, employment, and inequality in the Arab
region. Building on the key findings of in-depth thematic studies and eight country case
studies, the report assesses the actual and potential benefits and risks of digitalizing the
economy. It examines the channels of impact and reflects on how they could be improved.
The report provides a consolidated overview of key regional trends, elicited primarily from
case studies of eight countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi
Arabia, and Tunisia). The case studies take stock of research on the extent of progress
of digitalization and affiliated new technologies, including automation, robotics, artificial
intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and blockchain; examine their economic and social
impacts; identify the policy challenges each country faces; and propose sets of policies
customized for countries that share similar challenges.
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