E-government conference kicks off in Dubai

E-government conference looks to share experiences and expertise of experts from around the world.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  January 29, 2001

The International E-government Conference & Exhibition kicked off in Dubai today.

The conference, which is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence for the UAE, has brought together an impressive list of some the world’s most prominent e-government experts.

Included in the conference line up over the three day event is Arun Baheti, director of e-government for the State of California, George Molaski one of the driving forces behind the US federal government web portal FirstGov, Saleh Masduki, CEO Commerce DotCom the company behind the Malaysian government’s e-procurement project and Olov Ostberg, Swedish Agency for Public Management, which will be responsible for the EU’s early e-government strategy.

Other representatives speaking at the conference come from France, Canada, Finland and Austria.

During his opening address, Salem Al Shair, a member of Dubai’s E-government Executive Committee and head of E-Services, said the conference would identify the best practices, and the potential difficulties of e-government projects. “No e-government project would succeed without collaborative efforts from everybody… there has to be lots of change within each government organisation,” said Al Shair.

“There are departments which already have their own initiatives and we must capitalise on their experience and expertise. We must share those experiences and in the same way we must look to the experts that we have at the conference and look to capitalise on the expertise we have here for the next three days,” added Al Shair.

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