American University of Beirut

The Digital Economy as an Alternative in Lebanon: Focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

​​​Policy Brief​


Karim Merhej, Google Policy Fellow, Governance and Policy Lab, IFI
Maysa Baroud, ​Program Coordinator and Researcher, Governance and Policy Lab, IFI 


As Lebanon plunges into a socioeconomic collapse, and as the structure of the economy has been dismantled beyond repair, this policy brief examines the potential that a transition to a ‘digital economy’ heralds for the country’s recovery. The brief also looks into the challenges that impede such a transition as well as the steps needed to ensure that Lebanese businesses and the labor force have all the skills necessary to embark on such a transition. This brief builds on a webinar on the digital economy in Lebanon. It is also based on the discussion held between governmental officials and representatives from civil society and the private sector during a policy dialogue held at the Issam Fares Institute. The policy dialogue aimed at assessing the potential of a digital transformation for Lebanon as well as how best to promote the digital transformation of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

Read the policy brief, here​.​​


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