Abu Dhabi government entities plan for future ICT adoption
ADSIC hosts workshop to discuss new technology and how government can deploy new solutions
Forty government entities came together for a workshop on Future Planning for the Abu Dhabi Digital Government on 13-14th March.
The workshop, which was hosted by Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) as the organisation responsible for ICT in Abu Dhabi government, was intended to consider new technology, how they can be used by the public sector and planning adoption of cutting edge technologies.
Over 120 government personnel participated in the sessions, along with experts from the private sector.
Participants presented forecasts on the future of ICT and topics including the future for government, technology and the private sector, digitisation, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence and digital government.
The workshop also included training on strategic planning and developing short, medium and long term scenarios for technology adoption.
Speaking at the workshop, HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, director-general of the Abu Dhabi Systems &Information Centre (ADSIC), said: "Forecasting the future is now a critical task for governments in their efforts to coordinate between the private and public sectors to remain on top of the rapid changes taking place all around the world, and to propose solutions for the challenges of the future. Therefore, we must move away from conventional thinking, and diligently work to anticipate the future and develop proactive strategies to face the challenges brought about by our shift towards digitisation."
Al Mansoori explained that as the government agency responsible for developing and managing the ICT sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Centre has set an ambitious agenda to usher in a new era that is defined by innovation and creativity - an era where decision makers proactively anticipate trends, opportunities, and challenges. This will help the emirate formulate sound strategies, Al Mansoori explained; and to set the foundations for the digital and future industries in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, ADSIC's executive director of Strategy and Planning Abdul Karim Al Raeesi, said: "We made sure to use the workshop as a platform to address important topics, and to map out the scenarios that are now an integral part of government activities. This allowed participants to address these scenarios, which helped us deliver on one our main objectives - to enable government departments to use future-planning tools and benefit from the opportunities that the new digital world affords."