UAE leads the region in UN’s 2016 e-smart services index
The UAE's regional leadership in the e-services index ranks 1st place in the Gulf, the Arab World and the West Asian region
The UAE has moved up by four ranks in its position in the e-smart services index of the E-Government Development Index (EGDI) issued by the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA), ranking 8th globally with the Republic of Estonia.
The EGDI is an important component in the overall index used to determine growth in e-government development.
The current ranking consolidates the UAE's regional leadership in the e-services index, ranking 1st place in the Gulf, the Arab World and the West Asian region. The UAE is also ranked 3rd in Asia and 8th globally. For the e-participation index, the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain are ranked number 1 in the Arab World and are also tied at the 32nd place globally.
His Excellency (H.E.) Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General, TRA, said: "We are very thankful for the positive results that the UAE has achieved in this report, particularly the achievement of being ranked third in the smart e-Service Index. We are coming close to our goal is to be number one in the world.
"We are aware that when we get closer to the summit, the competition becomes fiercer and accordingly, we promise our wise leadership to exert more efforts in order to continue working tirelessly and not lose direction in our quest no matter how intense the challenges will be. Today, we are ranked 8th place and we look forward to being ranked first place in 2021-this is not an option but a commitment for us to achieve and live up to."
The report throws the spotlight on the development of e-government across 193 countries from all over the world, through the measurement of EGDI, which is a composite index. The results are based on calculations of the average of the three sub-indices--online service (OSI), telecommunication infrastructure index (TII) and human capital index (HCI).