TARGET GROUP | Mid-level to senior government officials in ministries of finance, economy, treasuries, digitalization, infrastructure, and revenue administration.
QUALIFICATIONS | Participants are expected to have a degree in economics, business or a related field, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
COURSE DESCRIPTION | This course?presented by Fiscal Affairs Department?will provide participants with comprehensive knowledge about the benefits of digitalization and policies to support faster digital adoption by households, firms, and governments. The course will start by presenting evidence on the implications of the digital divide across and within countries, including the impact of COVID-19. It will give an overview of government policies, both on the supply and demand side, to encourage faster digital adoption to close the digital divide. In this context, participants will learn how to estimate the digital infrastructure investment needs at a country level to achieve universal broadband, and about cross-country experiences of government-supported programs to increase digital adoption. Further, the course will elaborate on the social dividends from digital adoption in terms of labor, education, health, and social outcomes. In the last section of the course, participants will learn how the adoption of GovTech solutions helps improve tax revenue collection and improve efficiency and transparency of government spending. Participants will also learn how to implement most effectively reform plans that entail the implementation of comprehensive digitalization reform strategies.
COURSE OBJECTIVES | Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Have a good understanding of how to assess a country’s and government’s digital development.
• Assess the needs for digital infrastructure costs and social dividends.
• Understand the benefits for public finance from implementing digitalization programs.
• Understand key principles for implementing digitalization strategies.