American Univesity of Beirut

Digital Government in Lebanon: A Pipe Dream?

​​OpEd

Written by Karim Merhej, Google Policy Fellow, Governance and Policy Lab, IFI 
and Ameera Dabbous, Intern, Governance and Policy Lab, IFI

Ameera Dabbous, Intern, Governance and Policy Lab, IFI
The term “electronic government”, also known as e-government, first made an appearance in a ministerial statement in July 2005. The newly formed government at the time pledged that the performance of the public sector would be improved through the adoption of the latest e-government measures so that citizens’ rights and dignity can be respected and their trust in the state can be improved. Back then, Lebanon ranked 71 out of 191 countries on the UN E-Government ​Survey, a respectable score above the world average.

Yet, fifteen years later, as much of the world made significant strides in the adoption of e-government and in the transformation of their public sectors, Lebanon stagnated, ranking 127 out of 193 countries in the latest UN E-Government Survey 2020.​

Read the full article, here​.

This article was published in Annahar Arabic.


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