Jordan's new ministry of information and communications technology launches
The Jordanian Ministry of Post and Communications has officially become the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT), as of 7th April 2002.
The Jordanian Ministry of Post and Communications has officially become the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT), as of 7th April 2002. Prior to the renaming, the Ministry has been actively contributing to the Kingdom’s technology sectors’ development and working towards the implementation of Jordan’s ICT strategy as the Kingdom undergoes a massive reform program aimed at building a strong, technology-driven economy.
The new Ministry’s mandate is to set Jordan’s ICT policy and strategy plan for the information technology, telecommunications and postal sectors, while stimulating local/foreign technology investments as well as promote awareness and adoption of information and communications technologies by all segments of the population, in an all-inclusive approach.
“I am proud to announce today that this Ministry has officially become the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, which aims to serve the Kingdom and its people by advancing technology development and adoption as well as promoting the sector’s growth,” said Fawaz H. Zu’bi, Minister of ICT. “The new ministry will work to create, promote and drive new opportunities for Jordanians which will help the Kingdom to establish itself as a regional player in technology adoption and development, a critical step in building an appropriate investment climate.”
The renamed ministry has also been designated as the body responsible for the development of Jordan’s electronic government (e-government), transforming traditional paper-based government process and delivering them online. The move will see the creation of a more flexible, transparent government that delivers efficiency to governmental services to citizens. The Ministry will continue to hold responsibility of policy making in the telecommunications sector but has taken itself out of the regulatory process, leaving this responsibility to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. The immediate responsibilities of the Ministry include overseeing and managing the deployment of the e-government initiative, the liberalization of the telecommunications sector and the continued growth and promotion of the information technology sector. The Ministry will also oversee the reform and privatisation process of the postal sector after which the Ministry will undertake a supervisory role of that sector.
“This is going to be a primary objective of the ministry. We will be working to create a cutting edge government organisation that will move away from the classical approach and become a very transparent, efficiently managed entity that is very effective in delivering its services to its citizens. This is a national objective set forth by His Majesty King Abdullah and we are here to see this process of transformation bear fruit for the Kingdom and its people,” said Zu’bi.
One of the Ministry’s current undertakings is to drive broad awareness and adoption of the need for technology in education through its strategic alliances with the public education sector. The initiative underscores the Kingdom’s move to provide broadband connectivity to all schools and educational institutions to enable today’s generations for the opportunities that the future holds.
The Ministry of ICT will be launching its new corporate identity soon at an official launch event. The new identity of the Ministry will reflect the dynamic role it will play as it copes with the fast-changing technology standards that are reshaping the world and setting new standards and benchmarks in human capability and achievement.