Digital Payments: Enabler for Job Creation, Inclusion, and Public Service Delivery in Middle East and North Africa

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Digital Payments: Enabler for Job Creation, Inclusion, and Public Service Delivery in Middle East and North Africa

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The COVID-19 pandemic has offered a dramatic test case for the effectiveness of digital solutions across the Middle East and North Africa region, from the Ocean to the Gulf. Together with universal and affordable broadband, the widespread availability of cashless payments is a key enabler for digital transformation and a driver for economic recovery.

The objective of this webinar, organized in partnership with the Arab Monetary Fund, is to increase awareness of how digital payments can support job creation, enhanced service delivery, and inclusion of youth and women. This webinar is the second of the MENA Tech talk series, which aims to engage with high-level decision makers, policymakers, regulators, private sector business leaders, and influencers, to share a vision and strategies to successfully foster digital transformation in the region.

The event will be livestreamed and will offer simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, English, and French. It will include a panel discussion and testimonials from civil society organizations and the private sector, a look ahead to the next step in Middle East and North Africa’s digital transformation, and a call to action to support digital payments across the region.

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Elizabeth Price

Hello everyone, and welcome to Digital Payments: Enabler for Job Creation, Inclusion and Public Service Delivery in MENA. Today’s conversation is the second of a series on digital transformation in the Middle East and North Africa.
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:54
Holti Banka - World Bank

Financial inclusion is an important concept. It means that individuals and businesses have access to and are able to use affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way. You can read more on financial inclusion and the World Bank Group's work in this area: 
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:04
Holti Banka - World Bank

You can also read more about the work of the WBG in the area of digital financial services and digital payments, in particular, in the MENA region and around the world.
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:12
Eman Adnan

What is the best practice to implement the digital services?
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:15
Elizabeth Price

World Bank Vice President MENA Farid Belhaj says expanding digital payments are a World Bank priority for the region because they support economic recovery from Covid-19, by facilitating relief payments and create access to financial services youth and women. Cross-border e-commerce is growing, creating opportunities for employment. Digital transformation goes beyond digital financial services—It can strengthen the social contract—transparency and accountability between government and citizens..
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:22

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