Saudi Arabia investment in e-government tops SR3b

DUBAI — The investment strategy employed by the Saudi Arabian Government, which added a further SR3 billion recently, will lay the foundation for the beginning of a comprehensive implementation of e-government.

Although the digital divide between the Middle East and developed nations still exists, the Kingdom is rapidly catching up. The next stage in their e-government implementation plan will be to launch a significant awareness campaign to encourage the general public to embrace e-governance while explaining the key benefits to civil servants, business and society in general.

A high level delegation of influential ICT figures from within the Saudi Government and other public services sectors will share their expertise with counterparts from around the region at the Government Technology (GT) Summit & Exhibition 2006. The three-day summit, in association with ICTDAR-United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The League of Arab States, will take place next month on September 3-5 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Dubai.

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