Doha – Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication held Monday Qatar Digital Government Forum 2017, with a number of representatives of government authorities and private sector attending. Qatar’s e-government steering committee was also participated.

The forum highlighted the status of Qatar Digital Government strategy 2020. The event also included presentations on the progress made in the implementation of the e-government projects.

Assistant Undersecretary of Government Information Technology Sector Hassan Jassim al Sayed said that the steering committee has been working hard since its inception in 2013 on encouraging all government authorities to place their digital plans. Thanks to these efforts, the number of digital services offered by the government increased to 1660 services by the end of the first quarter of 2017. A total of 1079 of them were offered online and 581 others offered on mobile. The total number of digital transactions increased from six million in 2014, to 128 million by the end of March 2017. Qatar aims to raise the total number of digital services to 2000 by the end of this year. A total of 1300 services online and 700 more on mobile.

Participants presented the strategies of their respective ministries in the digital government field and what have been implemented of it in that regard. The participants also discussed the role of the e-government steering committee, chaired by the Ministry of Transport and Communication, and its main goals as well as how to deal with any challenges facing the implementation of its strategy. The participants also discussed the projects that contribute to implement their respective strategies including joint applications with other ministries, and operating the government’s infrastructure projects.

They also provided statistics on their websites, their users, and their followers on social media. Participants also discussed their efforts in facilitating their services, whether digitally or through service centers that are available across the country. They stressed that participating in the forum was an opportunity to constantly develop the service and ensure its safety.

HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani launched Qatar E-Government 2020 strategy back in May 2014. It involves a comprehensive system to complete the digital transformation of the government through establishing the digital infrastructure and government applications. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency