Qatar makes progress on e-Government targets28 April 2021
The Steering Committee tasked with implementing the Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy has made "significant" progress in fulfilling its scheduled targets, review meetings have found. Chaired by HE the Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Dr Hessa Sultan al-Jaber, the latest review meetings were held by the committee over the past two weeks with HE the Finance Minister, Ali Sherif al-Emadi, HE the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, Dr Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit, and HE the Minister of Public Health, Abdullah bin Khalid al-Qahtani. After the sessions, it has been agreed to establish joint task work groups, under the committee's supervision, to step up the pace of project implementation. The Qatar e-Government 2020 Steering Committee briefed the ministers on the progress in implementing the Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy, the projects that have been done and others underway. The meetings reviewed project status, recommendations for each ministry's projects, challenges confronted and ways to overcome them. The ministers hailed the progress made on Qatar eGOV2020 and efforts being exerted by the committee to move on to the next levels, and placed emphasis on meeting the project timelines. HE Minister of Planning and Statistics, Dr al-Nabit, stressed the importance of vital projects drawn in the strategy and means to take advantage of the online data. They also stressed importance of co-ordination between all government entities to translate projects into reality and the need to conform to the best international practices. Established by the Cabinet in September 2013, the Qatar eGOV2020 Steering Committee developed the Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy in February 2014, which was officially released in May of that year. The strategy is designed to benefit everyone including the members of the public, whether they are citizens, residents or visitors. All will be able to access e-Government services that are simple, secure, and available anytime, anywhere. "Qatar's population is expected to reach 2.5mn by 2022, and the government places a high priority on meeting the needs of people in Qatar, and making the best use of rapidly changing technology, now and in the future," a committee statement said. Once the strategy is implemented businesses and private organizations will find it easier, simpler, and faster to register and operate a business. Qatar's strategy for economic diversification relies on creating the right environment for investment and businesses, and removing any barriers to doing business, so that the economy can continue to grow and develop. By putting in place the measures recommended by the committee, government entities will be confident they are providing better services to people and businesses, are more efficient, and are achieving better overall outcomes for the nation. The result is savings in public administration due to e-Government, and time savings to citizens and other users. Beyond cost and time savings, e-Government also creates greater transparency and higher-quality outcomes.