RAK to set up EBP connecting all government departments

RAS AL KHAIMAH — The Ras Al Khaimah Electronic Government Authority (RAK- EGA) has signed an agreement with US-based B2 Technology and Consulting Services, Inc. (B2TeCS) to implement an internet enabled e-communications platform in all the government departments in Ras Al Khaimah.

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Published: Mon 6 Mar 2006, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:29 PM

The advanced Enterprise Business Platform (EBP), to be set up at a cost of Dh5 million, aims to create an efficient communication and information sharing mechanism within and between all government departments in the emirate.

Announcing the signing of the agreement with B2TeCS, Dr Hashem Ar-Refaei, IT adviser to the Government of Ras Al Khaimah and Director General of RAK-EGA, said that the deal is a significant step in implementing the vision of Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, to create a seamless, easily accessible and transparent form of e-Government.

"The Enterprise Business Platform will implement e-correspondence, communications, and collaboration in a unified electronic repository throughout the Government of Ras Al Khaimah," he said.

Dr. Rahul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of B2TeCS said that a sound Information Technology infrastructure is a critical element to maintain the extraordinary development and transformation that is taking place in Ras Al Khaimah. "We have made a major investment in establishing our office in Ras Al Khaimah and we believe that this project and others in the UAE in the years to come will further establish us as a significant information technology partner to both government and commercial clients throughout the UAE," he added.

Dr Hashem Refaei said that the EBP project will become operational in about six months.

He pointed out that the B2TeCS EBP will allow for customised formats for e-mails, featuring a logo or seal of various departments, designed for use by senior officials and which could be send through internet or PDA.

It would also support sending SMS alerts of important messages, will have integrated capabilities for scanning documents directly into the unified electronic repository and integrated faxing capabilities.

The system will also allow for archieving all documents, incoming/outgoing e-mails, faxes, letters, etc. It will also have the capability to encrypt all communications to maintain the security and privacy of departmental data and will provide an e-Agenda for the users with all the facilities and capabilities of a standard calendar and agenda application, including electronic reminder.

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