Mr. Hassan Jassim Al-Sayed, Assistant Undersecretary of Government Information Technology Sector, at the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC), revealed that more than 80% of the Information Technology (IT) projects in the Ministry, are currently carried out by local companies. He pointed out that the unjust siege has reinforced the self-reliance approach, and increased MOTC’s support for the private sector in executing projects, and explained that MOTC applies the open door policy of any technological project that provides added-value to the IT sector and the national economy.

Al Sayed explained that MOTC is working with Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in setting the priority requirements of the FIFA World Cup 2022 for digital services in developing a comprehensive program for all the services required by visitors, including entry visas’ issuance, tickets’ booking for airlines, transportation and matches, as well as hotel reservations. This provides visitors with a unique experience, and it saves time and effort for them.

He added that MOTC has offered 2430 services as part of Qatar Digital Government (QDG) program, with the increase of 430 services over the target, including 605 services on mobile phones, and 108 services through self-service kiosks. The Program includes 38 government agencies, pointing out to the implementation of 73 million transactions since the beginning of 2017 and up to the third quarter last year, with an increase of 158% over the number of electronic transactions registered in the same period of 2016.

Al Sayed also revealed a plan to implement the second version of “Hukoomi” mobile app, which will activate new features on Hukoomi portal, develop the National Authentication System to standardize the user’s access on government applications and sites, as well as enhance the electronic payment gateway. The self-service machines’ project will also be launched in collaboration with the private sector in 2018, as well as the second phase of Qatar’s Digital Strategy, focusing on three main axes: mobile apps, quality of services, and government’s data openness.

Source: Government of Qatar