Qatar goes live with first-phase e-government project

Immigration Department, in conjunction with General Post Office, streamlines residence permit processing with online solution.

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By  Rob Corder Published  September 5, 2000

Employees of state industries in Qatar, along with the armed forces and Ministry of Interior, can now apply for residence permits online.

The first project in Qatar's e-government transformation drive, will be run in conjunction with the country's General Post Office. Applicants will be able to enter all their details on a Web site run by the Immigration Department, and then collect their permits from the GPO.

"This will cut down on the rush at the Immigration Department," said Mohamed Ali, director for the GPO, in an interview with Gulf News.

Ten organisations will be able to take advantage of the scheme immediately: Qatar General Petroleum Corporation, Qatar Airways, Qatar Fertiliser Company, QatarGas, RasGas, Qatar Navigation, Qatar Petrochemical Company, Qatar Telecommunications, the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior.

"Initialy, residence permits of only single-status workers will be processed through the new system ... This will lessen the pressure on the ten establishments," explained Ali.

Qatar has already announced ambitious plans to integrate the operations of government departments over the Internet. 16 government and semi-government organisations are already linked via a high speed fibreoptic cable, which will form the backbone infrastructure for future e-government roll-outs.

The Ministry of Civil Services and Housing has already automated the internal workflow of its labour affairs, housing, social affairs and civil services divisions.

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