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Libyan Digital Lab Launches Innovations Map to Foster Nationwide Digital Transformation

The Digital Lab, a Libyan initiative fostering innovation and digital transformation, has launched an innovations map platform to connect innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers, as well as investors, across Libya.

The platform, showcased at a ceremony in Tripoli, highlights ongoing initiatives and offers opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaboration, positioning Libya as a hub for digital innovation.

The Libyan Digital Lab is a collaborative think tank hub established under the supervision of the General Information Authority (GIA) with the support also of the E-nable project, funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France.

“The launch of the Digital Lab’s innovations map represents a positive step forward in realising our national digital transformation strategy,” said Abdelbaset Albaor, chairman of the GIA. “This platform is a testament to the collaborative efforts between the GIA, Libyan institutions, and our international partners. It showcases the great initiatives taking place, laying the groundwork for a thriving and innovative digital ecosystem to take root in Libya.”

The Digital Lab team comprises representatives from various key government institutions in Libya responsible for digitisation, technology and innovation. Through a series of workshops and training sessions provided by the E-nable project, the team has also benefitted from the technical expertise of international digital specialists and experts,

This includes a study tour to Paris offered valuable insights into the French approach to digital strategy and the practical applications of digital tools used by French institutions.

Empowering innovation

The Digital Lab’s dedication to cultivating a vibrant innovation ecosystem in Libya has culminated in the launch of its innovations map. This centralised platform maps innovation activities across Libya, capturing everything from private sector initiatives like the on-demand delivery apps to governmental e-services that streamline business registration as well as public procurement operations.

“Digital technologies can act as a catalyst, supporting key policy objectives, including supporting economic resilience, boosting SMEs’ competitiveness, facilitating the green transition and developing new digital skills,” Marton Benedek, head of cooperation at the EU delegation to Libya, also added.

“The Digital Lab, created by E-nable, is a tangible outcome aimed at enhancing innovation capacities and investing in strategic value chains, networks and digital ecosystems. The EU will continue supporting the Libyan institutions to keep pace with the digital transformation and adapting the governance systems to our digitalised world.”

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