BEIRUT: The government is undertaking an ambitious project to transform Lebanon into a digital state within the next four years, Minister of State for Administrative Development, Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine, told participants at the 5th international conference on Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC 2017) that took place Thursday at the American University of Beirut.
Ezzeddine argued that despite recent efforts to embrace digital transformation, the government still lags behind the Lebanese private sector, which has to a large extent incorporated the latest technologies to dramatically improve customer communication and business efficiency.
“The first national conference on digital transformation was launched on May 4.The goal was to spare citizens the burdens of daily life activities that can be done online instead," Ezzeddine told Annahar, noting the importance of forming a Government Digital Services Team as well as grouping e-government services under the single 'www.gov.lb.' domain.
Ezzeddine also stressed the importance of partnering with start-ups to create applications, present content, and process transactions on behalf of the government.
“The initial list of services includes online services for identity management, tax payments and procurements among other services,” said the State Minister.
Ezzeddine emphasized the importance of engaging women in the digital transformation process, which further contributes to human development and sustainable economic growth.
"The role of women in Arab societies and their ability to access and control technology is still defined through a male-dominated lens, which dictates that men are the producers while women are the consumers,” she noted.
Ezzeddine's remarks were welcomed by female attendees. “This event is really interesting and important as it’s an interactive Hackathon that encourages women to start fighting for their rights,” Marina El Mufti, an attendee, told Annahar.
Other female attendees said the event represented an opportunity for them to connect with successful women in the tech scene.
“ArabWIC gives us access to people who might support local initiatives and encourages us to pursue our own initiatives,” Maya Moussa, co-founder of Allgirlscode, told Annahar.
Ezzeddine urged women to play an active role in educating society on the use of technology.
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