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GCC to be key focus for m-Government Conference

m-Government Conference will highlight leadership of GCC in race to mobile government

Osman Sultan of du will present a key note address at the conference.
Osman Sultan of du will present a key note address at the conference.

The GCC's leading position in the global race to bring government services to mobile platforms will be one of the key topics of discussion at the upcoming m-Government Conference.

The conference, which takes place at the Ritz Carlton DIFC from 24-25 March, will focus on m-Government, key players and stakeholders and the wider m-government can bring to the economy and citizens. The programme will also look at micro issues revolving around national resource development, new technologies and applications, security and integration.

All six GCC states have established comprehensive mobile government strategies, touching on areas ranging from utilities, transport, police, customs and municipalities to health services, bill payments, education, research and gathering citizen feedback.

The conference, which will attract over 300 attendees from 20 countries, aims to provide attendees with a complete roadmap to roll out a successful mobile service delivery programme.

Osman Sultan, CEO of UAE telecoms operator du will present a keynote speech at the event.

"Governance layer is the enabler of change and a protector of the citizen, providing the basis of a unified vision for a smart city. It is my firm belief that mobile applications are going to touch every single aspect of our lives in future. We are blessed that in the UAE, beyond the available technologies, we have a visionary leadership and a mindset of positive change which are perhaps the most important enablers that bring about a tangible change. This is the main reason why in the last 40 years the UAE has leap-frogged ahead at a faster rate than any other country in any era," Sultan said.

"In this light, events such as m-Government Conference play a key role for key stakeholders to ideate and create a framework for such development."

Daksha Patel, Event Director at Niche Ideas, the organiser of the m-Government Conference added: "The event has been designed to give attendees a start-to-finish solution they can take back to their workplace. Heads of ICT across the region's government departments and experts internationally will share their valuable knowledge and experience, giving attendees an exceptional opportunity to plan ahead and deliver similarly successful programmes."

Also speaking at the event will be Intel Corporation's worldwide health information technology director, Rick Cnossen. He will speak about how mobility is being used in healthcare solutions to improve patient care.

"Intel has done some ground breaking work around the specialised field of Mobile Healthcare. Over the last decade Intel has developed some of the leading m-health technologies in use today and we are pleased to share how we believe m-health advances will revolutionise patient care in the future, with regional health authorities at the conference," Cnossen said.