(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) The statement said e-commerce and other digital applications are being leveraged to promote entrepreneurship, including the empowerment of women as entrepreneurs, and digital solutions are being sought to improve access to learning resources in an easier and less expensive way.
The Mobile Gender Report for 2018 lists a gender gap in mobile ownership among women in the region which can reach up to 20%, while this gap is only 2% in countries like Egypt or Turkey.
Bringing this gap to less than 4% everywhere in the Mashreq would bring income opportunities for women in the region. Broadband access is estimated to increase employment among married women by as much as 4% in high income economies.
The bank said: "Broadly speaking, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon face similar obstacles to their quest to transform Mashreq into a regional hub for IT and Business Process Outsourcing."
Policymakers, international and regional businesses, startups and investors all convened at the King Hussein Business Park to enrich the discussion with their expertise and experience on how to push this agenda forward.
The digital roadmaps were presented by the three ministers holding the Information Technology portfolio in their respective countries.
The World Bank Group committed to supporting these countries achieve their goals with specific focus on increasing broadband access, establishing cashless payment systems and bridging the gender gap in mobile usage.
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