TRA launches portal for ‘e-readiness’ assessment
Global, UAE federal guidelines combined to help government entities increase e-presence
As part of its role to implement the UAE e-transformation strategy at a federal level, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the launch of a new e-portal to assess the quality of UAE federal entities' websites.
The announcement is part of a series of measures taken by the TRA aimed at improving the e-presence of UAE federal government entities and raising their level of "e-readiness" while supporting their transformation process into "smart" government providers.
The criteria used by the authority in the assessment process include articles related to ease-of-use and content.
The regulator has developed a set of quality standards for websites combining the international criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with federal website guidelines issued by the UAE General Secretariat of the Executive Council. The TRA previously applied this assessment annually, but now it can be repeated whenever needed through the new e-portal.
The new system enables government entities to perform a self-assessment of their websites and get a detailed report about their level of compliance to the set standards. The portal is expected to help federal entities to set and implement new development plans to improve quality levels.
"Achieving progress on the smart and e-government transformation journey requires more co-ordination and truly concerted efforts," said HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general, TRA.
"This appears clearly in the new assessment process of government entities websites as it involves evaluation, consulting, training and ongoing exchange of ideas and views. I would like take this opportunity to acknowledge the great co-operation we've witnessed already within all government entities, which has had the greatest impact on what our nation can achieve and how the UAE emerges today as one of the global leaders in the field of e-presence.
"We highly value the qualitative leap we achieved in 2012 according to the e-presence index in the global e-government readiness report issued by the United Nations, where the UAE jumped from 99th rank to seventh globally. This achievement wouldn't have been possible without the great efforts and dedicated work of all our government entities."