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Subject: Information Technology | Issued in: 2013 | Symbol: E/ESCWA/ICTD/2013/6

Regional Profile of the Information Society in the Arab Region - 2013
الملامح الإقليمية لمجتمع المعلومات في المنطقة العربية، 2013

The information society, in which information is processed efficiently, including the production, exchange, adaptation, and use of information, is the appropriate environment for achieving sustainable development and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens. However, the move towards the information society constitutes a real challenge to developing countries, particularly in view of the expanding digital divide with developed countries, thus rendering them increasingly vulnerable to a reduction of their productive and economic capacities.

Given the importance of information societies as a path for achieving sustainable development and achieving internationally agreed-upon development goals, and in the process of following up on the World Summit on the Information Society, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) prepared this regional profile, which is the sixth in a series on the information society in the Arab region. The present report provides essential information on the status of the information society in ESCWA member countries. It aims at assisting decision-makers and researchers by providing them with reference information for analysis and planning. It also allows national authorities to compare the current status of their information society with that of other countries in the region and the world, thereby promoting opportunities for cooperation and regional integration in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy.



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