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e/m-Government in Arab States: Building Capacity in Knowledge Management through Partnership
Start Date: Nov 18, 2008
End Date: Nov 20, 2008
Venue: Beirut, Lebanon
Description: The goal of the Workshop is to explore regional knowledge into the issues and challenges of e/m-government development in the Arab Region, further explore the concept of the development of the UN Global Knowledge Repository, develop partnerships for capacity building in the region and identify capacity building needs for e/m-government in the region.

Invited participants from regional institutions and countries will present papers, make presentations on the themes outlined above, as well as participate in discussions at the Workshop which has the following objectives:
  • To explore the challenges and barriers to e/m-government development, review current research, including concepts and  approaches of e/m-government in the Arab Region;
  • To map innovative practices of e/m-government development citing best practices and lessons learnt;
  • To facilitate an active dialogue between the UN, the various regional stakeholders, and Member States towards a framework of assessment on e/m-government development in Arab Region;
  • To provide training on knowledge management on the development of the UN Global Knowledge Repository for the Arab Region utilizing the UNPAN tools;
  • To forge partnerships for the future work on the UN Global Knowledge Repository  in the Arab Region; and
  • To promote regional cooperation and the regional perspective in e/m-government development, through discussions and presentations regarding the fundamentals of an enabling environment.
Thematic areas for the presentations include the following:
  • Session I: e/m-Government: An Overview
  • Session II: e/m-Government issues and challenges in Arab and Gulf States
  • Session III: Capacity Building for e/m-government
  • Session IV: Country Presentations on e/m-government practices and lessons learned
  • Session V: Capacity Building for e/m-Government: The UN Global Knowledge Repository through the UNPAN tools
Sub-themes for Sessions III and IV include:
  • 1. National e/m-Government Strategies
  • 2. Legal and Regulatory Framework
  • 3. ICT Infrastructure and Interoperability 
  • 4. Institutional Structure and other Enabling Environment for e/m-Development

Created By: DPADM / UNDESA
Organizers: UNDESA, UN-ESCWA
Participation Requirements: By Invitation

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