UAE ministry ties up with Google

GITEX: Foreign trade ministry to use firm's email, scheduling and document management apps.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  October 19, 2008

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade has signed an agreement with internet search engine giant Google to use its email, scheduling and business document management applications, the ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said it is the first government in the Gulf to formally adopt Google services in its daily operations, state news agency WAM reported.

The ministry said it went with Google because of its high level of e-security, reliability and performance.

It said the use of a labelling classification system instead of a traditional volume-based scheme, automatic archiving, rapid search and retrieval, ability to repel random letters, and access via the internet and various models of mobile phones were also important factors in its decision.

"This latest initiative to enhance automation throughout the ministry is part of our intensive efforts to streamline our operations and expand our services. It also reflects our commitment to government-backed efforts towards a digital society," Halla Lootah, director of the ministry's government communications relations department, was quoted as saying.

"As the world's fastest and most popular search engine, Google enables us to efficiently maintain and manage critical information."

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