A report highlighting some of the most pressing issues for digital economic development, showcasing the progress of the Digital Cooperation Organization and its member states in creating strategies and initiatives to enable digital prosperity for all
This is the first edition of the Digital Prosperity Report, which has been released to showcase the progress of the Digital Cooperation Organization and its member states in creating strategies and initiatives to enable digital prosperity for all.
The Digital Prosperity Report is intended to share updates on the latest activities of the DCO, an international non-profit organization focused on enabling digital prosperity for all, through initiatives to develop policies and best practices that member states can apply to their own programs to create equitable and sustainable digital economies that empower their citizens.
The first issue of the report features an introduction by Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, and an interview with HE Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT & Innovation of Rwanda, in which the Minister discusses the country’s digital economic policy, the role of ICT in Rwanda’s development, and how DCO membership will help further Rwanda’s strategic goals in the digital sphere.
Other features include discussions of the gender gap in the startup sector and how the gap can be addressed to empower women with better opportunities; an examination of the challenges of effective end-user data protection legislation; and a report on the new Digital FDI Initiative that was recently launched by the DCO and the World Economic Forum.
The report also includes insights into upcoming DCO activities, including the DCO Global Round Table Series, the STRIDE initiative to support digital startups, the Digital Economy Maturity Index (DEMI) and the DCO Center of Excellence for Data Flows.
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The DCO is a global multilateral organization founded in November 2020 that aims to enable digital prosperity for all by accelerating the inclusive growth of the digital economy.
The DCO brings together the Ministries of Communications and IT of 10 nations – Bahrain, Djibouti, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia – that collectively represent nearly $2 trillion in GDP and a market of nearly 600 billion people, more than 70% of whom are under the age of 35.
The DCO is focused on empowering youth, women and entrepreneurs, leveraging the accelerative power of the digital economy and leapfrogging with innovation to drive economic growth and increase social prosperity. Through cooperation, dialogue and the creation of mutually advantageous cross-border legislation, we seek to establish within our member nations the optimal infrastructure and policies for the rapid creation of inclusive and equitable digital economies within which all people, businesses and societies can innovate and thrive.
In pursuit of our members’ common interests - for example, in the areas of digital skills training, data protection, intellectual copyright, regulation, taxation and entrepreneurship - DCO works collaboratively with governments, the private sector, international organizations, NGOs and civil society to enable more inclusive digital transformation and the growth of digital industries.
The DCO’s key initiatives include programs to enhance cross-border data flows, promote market expansion for SMEs, empower digital entrepreneurs and advance digital inclusion among women and youth and other underrepresented populations.