Wired city to host key Mideast e-govt summit

DUBAI — The implementation of eHealth, the rapid delivery of e-government services among other topics, will be discussed at Dubai eGovernment's Second Middle East eGovernment summit due to take place at the Fairmont Hotel Dubai today.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 15 Feb 2005, 10:14 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:31 PM

The summit will allow local and regional experts an opportunity to share their experiences in the successful implementation of eGovernment initiatives, from concept to delivery.

Local speakers will include Mahmood Al Bastaki, acting Director, eServices, Dubai eGovernment who will deliver the opening address; Rehab Lootah, eServices Provisioning Manager, Dubai eGovernment; and Mahmood Amir Mawani Abdullah, Project Director, Federal eGovernment.

“The Middle East eGovernment summit, being organised by Arabian Events, will highlight the latest developments in the implementation of its e-governance programme to discuss and address the growing demands for eBusiness solutions from government and other public sector organisations in the Middle East,” said Mahmood Al Bastaki, adding that the focus will be on strategic and technological solutions for the successful implementation of government-to-government, government-to-customer and government-to-business operations.

“Now in its second year, the summit has become a vital forum which will evaluate developments in the field of e-governance and share experiences and success stories from governments that have already made considerable progress in the delivery of online services to society and businesses,” observed Al Bastaki.

The summit will be attended by IT personnel from government departments, IT directors, chief executive officers, chief financial offices and HR personnel.

More than 1,600 government services are currently offered through electronic channels by various Dubai government departments, with a strategic target of delivering 90 per cent of public services electronically by 2007.

“The presence of foreign experts at the summit, including those from Europe, will enable the participants to measure their progress against developed countries. The case studies presented by these speakers will provide experiential evidence for some of the region's e-Governments, enabling them to pinpoint where services can be improved,” said Al Bastaki.

“It is a well-known fact that Dubai is the leader when it comes to the delivery of e-Government services. Many other countries in the Middle East are still lagging behind, and the shared knowledge provided at the forum will ultimately help speed up the implementation of e-governance in the region,” he said.

TOPICS TO BE DEBATED

THE key topics to be discussed at the summit will be:

The implementation of eHealth

Dubai's track record of rapid delivery of e-government services

The relationship between Internet penetration and the liberalised communications market and

incentives offered to the public to utilise online services.


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