TRA holds government forum on UN E-Government Survey

DUBAI, 3rd September, 2018 (WAM) — The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has held a workshop on “Developments and best practices in the UN E-Government Survey 2018”, at the InterContinental Dubai – Festival City.

The forum was divided into two workshops, one focused on e-participation, while the second discussed open and big data and their impact in enhancing digital government orientation. The forum also highlighted the importance of e-participation and its role in advancing service provision and design by engaging the public, in addition to informing the audience about open data significance to reach number one by 2020.

The event provided an overview on the UN E-Government Survey 2018 Report, attended by representatives of government entities in the field of data and participation as well as corporate communications directors. The workshop had a technical and detailed discussion on the development of government entities’ work in these two important fields. The audience listened to the views of the participating experts who summed up many outstanding practical experiences, success stories and implemented global standards.

In his opening speech, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director-General, congratulated the audience on the achieved results in the e-participation indicators. “We have advanced 15 ranks at once from 32 to 17, which contributed to our progress in the Online Services Index to reach the sixth rank globally. The mystery behind this great progress is the team spirit, which characterised our work together through the journey of smart transformation, since the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, of the mGovernment initiative in the federal government in 2013.”

Al Mansoori continued, “Today we look from the perspective of what should we do in the future, and not what we have done in the part. We note that 16 countries are ahead of us in this field, thus we have to innovate smart plans and programmes that enable us to reach the first row and become closer to the forefront. Our common goal is achieving the UAE’s leadership in e-participation, regionally and globally, and I can see determination in your eyes to achieve this goal.”

He confirmed his confidence that continuous communication at all levels of government entities, including exchange of successful practices and experiences, reviewing global practices, courage and innovation in adopting new trends in the field of participation, will lead to achieving the aimed goals, which would reflect on the results of the UN e-Government survey 2020 and beyond.

In turn, Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, explained that this meeting is a clear example of joint efforts between two federal entities and joint work among the members of the executive team. “Our participation in this forum is a practical interpretation of the wise leadership directives, to support the country’s efforts in achieving sustainable development goals 2030, through holding partnerships, sharing experiences, implementing best practices and utilizing latest technologies to achieve effective e-participation,” he added.

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