HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani opens ‘Qatar Digital Government Forum’ yesterday. PICTURES: Najeer Feroke
By Joey Aguilar/Staff Reporter
The importance of collaborative efforts of all entities to further enhance the performance of the Qatar government was highlighted yesterday by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.
“I am happy to see the accomplishments on the Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy over the past year,” he stated at the launch of the Qatar Digital Government Forum.
The e-Government initiative ensures increased efficiency of administrative operations by improving the delivery of various services to the people, he pointed out.
“The nation needs more concerted efforts from all bodies to overcome many challenges and with more co-operation, we will reach our ultimate goal,” noted Sheikh Abdullah, who also saw a significant progress in the strategy’s scheduled targets.
The Qatar Digital Government 2020 Strategy launched last year is designed to benefit both citizens and expatriates, as well as visitors, through the e-services made simple, secured and available anytime and anywhere.
Col Abdulrahman Ali al-Malki, deputy chairperson of the e-Government Steering Committee and deputy manager of Information Technology Department at MoI, echoed the statement of HE Sheikh Abdullah citing the numerous achievements of the government since the E-Government Steering Committee was formed.
The total additional e-services launched in the fourth quarter of 2013 reached 265. This was after the e-services plan was endorsed in 38 government entities.
The Steering Committee aims to complete 711 e-services by the end of 2015 and 1,000 by the end of 2016 based on the current e-services plans submitted by various entities.
The number of e-services provided by government entities, such as the Customs Clearance Single Window (Al Nadeeb), Metrash 2, and mobile services provided by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP), has also increased.
More than 70 government entities have been linked to the Governmental Network and the number of entities that have joined the Government Contact Centre has doubled to 18. These entities provide about 35 e-services through the Centre.
The Government Data Centre was also established. It is now joined by 12 government entities. The number of entities implementing Qatar’s Government Resource Planning Programme (Mawared) also climbed to 39.
Al-Malki cited some examples of e-services launched by a number of government entities in various sectors such as the General Authority of Customs, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, the MMUP, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Supreme Council of Health.
The forum, organised by the Steering Committee, reviewed the progress made on the implementation of Qatar Digital Government Strategy 2020. It also served as platform for proposals and recommendations.
The event was attended by a number of government officials including HE the Communication and Information Technology Minister Dr Hessa Sultan al-Jaber, who is also the Chairperson of the e-Government Steering Committee.
The eight Steering Committee member entities, Strategy Management Office members, several government entities, and ICT senior staff were also present.
At a panel discussion, senior government officials from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, MMUP, Supreme Education Council and Public Prosecution also presented some of the impacts created by their e-services on citizens and businesses.
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