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The study, part of the occasional paper series of the The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, assess the readiness of countries in the MENA region to shift employment and education online, both in terms of Internet availability and digital literacy among the populace. They argue that increasing internet accessibility and improving digital skills development can build on the steps that various governments have taken during the pandemic to mitigate economic impacts to form a digitally-enabled recovery strategy. However, policy planning and implementation needs to focus more on making the digital transformation in region inclusive and to bridge digital divides, which are becoming the new face of inequality around the world.

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