UN Official Commends Emirates ID’s Projects to support “smart government”

WAM ABU DHABI, 23rd July, 2013 (WAM) — Richard Kerby, Senior Inter-Regional Advisor on e-Government at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, has commended the projects undertaken by the Emirates Identity Authority to integrate the ID card applications within the daily life requirements in the country and support the applications of the smart government aimed at providing government services through smart phones and electronic channels.

The UN official said that the United Nation Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the e-Government Economic and Social Affairs seeks to work with Emirates ID and to bolster cooperation between the two sides, hoping that the results of those mutual efforts will have positive impacts on developing the UAE smart government initiative.

The statements came when Dr. Eng. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, Director General of Emirates ID, received Mr Richard Kerby at the Authority’s headquarters.

Mr Kerby praised Emirates ID’s strategic plan noting that the Authority’s experience is regarded as one of the best government experiences worldwide due to its contribution in providing open data to government entities in the UAE making use of the digital identity project.

Kerby commended Emirates ID’s role and contributions in the achievement of e-transformation in the field of government services in the UAE, and in providing advanced services to individuals and entities to facilitate the lives of citizens and residents in accordance with the federal e-Government plan.

Dr. Al Khouri briefed Mr Kerby on Emirates ID’s new strategic plan 2014-2016 and its mission which focuses on enhancing the UAE’s national security and global competitiveness. This can be achieved through supporting and facilitating the promotion of government work in a way that puts Emirates ID as the first supporter to a client-centered integrated correlated government services, together with supporting decision makers through maintaining an integrated sophisticated ID management system in the country.

He explained the fundamental role of Emirate ID projects in helping the country to benefit from the population register system as well as the role of the Authority’s advanced systems in supporting the Federal e-Government projects and the shift towards the “smart government”.

Dr. Al Khouri also addressed the projects undertaken by the Authority aimed at streamlining the provision of government services and helping the best use of e-services provided in the UAE. This can be achieved through adopting innovative applications to facilitate ID verification and authentication using the smart ID card, thereby protect and secure e-transactions and prevent online identity fraud.

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