THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Unemployment, especially among the youth, has long been a dire problem Lebanon has struggled with. Countless young Lebanese are struggling to find decent jobs, and a growing number are emigrating with the hopes of finding better opportunities abroad. In recent years, many have spoken glowingly about Lebanon’s large potential when it comes to transitioning to a digital economy (i.e. an economy whereby all business sectors use Information and Communication Technologies [ICTs] to conduct their business, whereby consumers can easily access products virtually/online, and where tech companies predominate and serve as key engines of economic growth).
On the eve of the October uprising, Lebanon’s political elites, in partnership with key private sector actors, organized a large conference on Lebanon’s Digital Economy, hoping to encourage investments in Lebanon’s tech sectors. This webinar aimed to start a conversation on Lebanon’s digital economy, with the hopes that it could dispel myths and better inform public opinion and policymakers about Lebanon’s potential and way forward.
Nadim Zaazaa, Managing Partner of Nucleus Ventures LTD the company that powers the UK Lebanon Tech Hub.
Maya Rahal, Managing Director, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab.
Adel Afiouni, Former Minister of State for Investment and Technology and Investment Banker.
Selim Edde, Director & Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy - Google Middle East and North Africa.
Moderated by Karim Merhej, Researcher and Google Policy Fellow, IFI GovLab, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (AUB).
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