eGovlab and Stockholm University present its activities as a strategic national component for digital government in the MENA-OECD Working Group 2 on Open and Innovative Government and the ESCWA e-Government Council
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 February 2

About the OECD
The OECD is a forum in which governments compare and exchange policy experiences, identify good practices in light of emerging challenges, and promote decisions and recommendations to produce better policies for better lives. The OECD’s mission is to promote policies that improve economic and social well-being of people around the world.

About the MENA-OECD Governance Programme
The MENA-OECD Governance Programme is a strategic partnership between MENA and OECD countries to share knowledge and expertise with a view of disseminating standards and principles of good governance. The Programme operates regional networks on key areas of public governance, including the Working Group II on Open and Innovative Government.

About the MENA-OECD Working Group II on Open and Innovative Government
The MENA – OECD Working Group II on Open and Innovative Government is a platform promoting regional exchange and dialogue with OECD peers since 2005. It supports MENA countries in exploiting the potential of open government, digital government and innovation policies for more accountable and participatory governance and responsive public sectors. It unites governments and civil society to exchange ideas on innovative solutions to implement open government reforms. It is chaired by the UAE and co-chaired by Korea and Italy.

About the UN-ESCWA
UN-ESCWA is one the five regional commissions of United Nations, created to fulfil the economic and social goals set out in the Charter by promoting cooperation and integration between countries in each region of the world. The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) aims to support economic and social development in member countries, to promote interaction and cooperation between member countries, to encourage the exchange of experience, best practices and lessons learned, to achieve regional integration and ensure interaction between the Arab region and other regions, and to raise global awareness of the circumstances and needs of member countries.

About the e-Government Council
ESCWA proposed during the Government Summit (GS)-2014 in Dubai an initiative to create a council that brings together the directors or key players of e-government programs in the Arab region. The Council of e-Government Directors in the Arab Region aims chiefly at encouraging the exchange of knowledge and information on local, regional and global best practices and new trends in e-government. The Council will strive to achieve the following objectives:

  • Fostering dialogue between e-government practitioners in the Arab region by establishing a forum that aims at finding solutions for issues and problems that are related to e-government implementations;
  • Avoiding duplication of effort and maximizing efficiency by facilitating the exchange of information on best practices and lessons learned from previous regional and global e-government implementations;
  • Promoting regional integration by putting forward proposals and practical solutions that foster the adoption of e-government cooperation programs between Arab states;
  • Optimizing the benefits of e-government implementations by setting regional and national priorities.