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The General Information Authority Announces the Establishment of the “Digital Lab” and Oversees the Digital Transformation Roadmap in Libya

Based on the importance of supporting digital transformation and developing a unified national digital strategy for all Libyan institutions, a workshop was held on Monday, the 3rd of October 2022, at the General Information Authority premises.

The workshop brought together Mr. Abdulbaset Albaor, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Information Authority with Mr. Musa Zubik, the director of the administration of private sector development at the Ministry of Economy and Trade, Mr. Mohamed Sowaid from The Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Tax Authority, the Customs Authority, the Commercial Registry and Expertise France. Also, the attendees were joined via the Zoom app by Mr. Thomas Boyer and Ms. Francesca Cuccia from the European Union Delegation to Libya, Mr. Julien Schmitt, Program Director at Expertise France, and Mr. Mohamed Al-Aswad, Deputy Director of Programs at Expertise France, and representatives of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNICTAD).

The attendees discussed the next steps in digitalizing the services included on the Ejraat platform, such as registering companies and reserving trade names. They agreed to develop a road map that defines the responsibilities and duties of each party within a specific time frame, allowing cooperation between all relevant institutions to support the provision of practical and easy digital services to the citizen.

During the workshop, Mr. Abdulbaset Albaor announced the creation of a unit called (the Digital Lab) which will operate under the supervision of the General Information Authority. This unit will include members from all economic institutions who will work together to enhance technical skills, engineer procedures and direct the building of information systems in the country.

This workshop was part of the E-NABLE project activities, which is a program funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France and aims to improve the capabilities of the main economic institutions in Libya and develop digital governance tools for a sustainable, diversified and digital economic recovery.