Prime Minister Najib Mikati chaired a meeting devoted to discussing World Bank projects with Lebanon, in which a delegation from the World Bank participated, headed by the Regional Director for the Middle East, and the membership of each of the Director of Strategy and Operations for the Middle East and North Africa, Director of the Macroeconomic Sector for Trade and Investment, Regional Director of Balanced Development for the Financial Sector and Institutions, Director of the Sustainable Development Department in the Middle East and North Africa, in the presence of MP Nicolas Nahas, and Mikati’s advisors Samir Daher and Ziad Mikati.
During the meeting, they discussed the reality of the economy in Lebanon, and the areas of cooperation and technical assistance that the Bank can provide to Lebanon with regard to the financial and banking sector, and infrastructure, especially electricity, water and the environment.
President Mikati took part in the “Mashreq Forum for Digital Transformation,” which was hosted by the World Bank and included Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.
President Mikati gave a speech in which he discussed the significance of digital transformation in fighting corruption in administrations and in realizing the ambitions of youth in Lebanon and the region. He stated that the government is collaborating with a ministerial committee will develop a national plan for digital transformation in public agencies.
The Minister of State for Administrative Development Najla Assaker also explained the work carried out by the Ministry of State for Administrative Development to approve and implement a national strategy for digital transformation, refuting all its principles, and stressing that it focuses mainly on comforting the Lebanese people, as it is the cornerstone of any advancement process, as The digital transformation constitutes the main path to reform the public administration, and its adoption will inevitably lead to an immediate improvement in the lives of citizens through the provision of fast and transparent electronic services.”
Concerning the fields of collaboration between the Mashreq nations participating in the conference, she emphasized the “necessity of technological cooperation between friendly and brotherly countries, especially since that the globe has shrunk.” It is recommended in this context to construct a cooperative platform for a digital academy concerned with developing skills in the nations participating in that platform to exchange experiences and successful experiences in the sectors of technology, information and communication.”