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Tom Taylor to advise World Bank on Digital Transformation in the Middle East

Tom Taylor, Managing Director of E-Sign, has been appointed by the World Bank to help accelerate digital transformation in the Middle East.

The founder of the Liverpool-based tech company will advise the World Bank on how to build the kind of digital trade infrastructure and “trust framework” that is already prevalent in Europe.

The project will include the development of specific technical solutions – for example a blockchain-based system for authenticating the identity of individuals and organisations to facilitate business transactions across borders.

Taylor’s appointment is part of a push by the World Bank to boost digital trade between businesses in different jurisdictions, in order to boost economic growth in the region.

The advisory role builds on E-Sign’s award-winning work in helping public sector organisations across the world to adopt new digital technologies that improve efficiency and reduce costs.

This includes a recent partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and IT to help the West Bank and Gaza build a digital economy. The project is providing Palestinian citizens with robust digital infrastructure and access to digital services; as well as addressing education, health, agriculture and governmental services.

Tom Taylor, Managing Director of E-Sign said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the World Bank to help boost economic growth in the Middle East by enabling the region to embrace the kind of cutting-edge, robust digital infrastructure that citizens and businesses want and expect.”