The Middle East goal of increasing digitization comes with both significant challenges and huge opportunities. What can leaders in both the public and private sectors do to accelerate digitization across the region? We believe the transformational visions outlined by the Middle East’s government leaders are one of the building blocks. To achieve the target of full digitization many actions and a gap analysis for different countries at different levels of progress is needed. Today, it is no longer sufficient to be a consumer of digital; countries that aspire to join the vanguard must become digital creators.
However, digital acceleration across an entire economy and society requires the strategic coordination of multiple stakeholders. AFDE identified four areas— government, business, funding, and talent—as the most important areas to drive transformational change.