UAE embarks on e-government project

IBM to assist UAE's Ministry of Finance in implementing the first phase of the e-government initiative.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  March 26, 2003

IBM Middle East will assist the UAE Ministry of Finance with the implementation of the first phase of the country’s federal e-government project as part of an agreement signed between the two organisations. IBM Business Consulting Services will evaluate the readiness of various ministries for the introduction and implementation of e-government services and also identify and prioritise initiatives to be implemented.

“This project is integral to a number of transformation initiatives which have been launched by the UAE Federal Government to achieve rapid and significant transformation in the provision and efficiency of federal government services within the UAE,” commented Musabeh Mohamed Al Suwaidi, project sponsor, Ministry of Finance and Industry. “IBM is engaged in a number of successful e-government initiatives, both globally and in this region, and makes a strong consulting and technology partner in a project of this scale.”

The IBM team will work on identifying specific target performance measures for the successful implementation of various phases of the project; evaluation of technical infrastructure requirements required to support the e-government initiatives; defining essential policies and procedures required to support it and developing a comprehensive blueprint which will allow the Federal e-government Steering Committee to monitor the successful implementation of various phases of the project.

The first phase will be followed by subsequent implementation phases, which will cover the provision of the required infrastructure, as well as the development and implementation of systems identified within the UAE Federal e-government blueprint.

“We are very excited to be working on this project, which is so strategic to the long-term development of this country,” says Rashid Wally, director of Operations, IBM Middle East. “IBM has proven capabilities in assisting our clients around the world, including the Middle East, in transforming the effectiveness of their government services using e-government concepts and techniques.”

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