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At “7th Annual Kingdom Smart Government Meeting,”

Yesser reviews Saudi Arabia’s achievements in e-Government process

The “7th Annual Kingdom Smart Government Meeting” was organized on 9th and 10th of May, 2016, by the e-Government Program (Yesser), affiliated with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

Yesser's Deputy Director General for Strategic Planning, Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Shuaibi, delivered the openning  speech, in which he addressed a number of the achievements made by the Kingdom in the e-Government transformation, as well as the plans to achieve continued progress in this sustainable development process based on the comprehensive development vision of Saudi Arabia for 2030 (Saudi Arabia Vision 2030).

In his speech, Eng. Al-Shuaibi spoke about Yesser’s partnership with all sectors, stating that any progress made by the Kingdom in the e-transformation process depends on the joint effort of all entities, including Yesser, all government agencies, private sector and members of the society, under the leadership that supports all development work and patronizes all the efforts exerted to reach the development goals, which will lead to well-being and prosperity to the society. Al-Shuaibi also reviewed Yesser’s efforts made to meet the leadership’s aspiration to achieve Saudi Arabia Vision 2030, through access to the top five global ranks in the UN's E-Government Development Index by 2030, including access to rank 25 by 2020 and rank 15 in 2025, which absolutely requires extraordinary efforts of all.

Furthermore, Al-Shuaibi pointed out that Yesser has made many efforts to e-Government transformation, reflected very eveidnetly in the e-Government services, which has become a reality for all who deal with government agencies to receive government services. He indicated that Yesser is working to enable government agencies to achieve further progress in the e-Government transformation and provide highly mature e-services.

Moreover, he touched on a lump of Yesser’s efforts, including: provision and management of the shared e-Government National Infrastructure, where he stated that the number of government agencies tethered to the Government Secure Network (GSN) amounted to 149 government agencies, while the number of those linked to e-Government Service Bus (GSB) reached 95 consumers and 60 porviders, in addition to the National Portal (Saudi) that offers about 2,500 government services, besides the m-Gov application which hosts more than 130 applications for 70 government agencies.

Al-Shuaibi mentioned that Yesser has developed a unified framework for the development of strategic planning tools for IT projects, known as the National Enterprise Architecture (NEA), and has sought to apply this concept at all government agencies to raise the quality and efficiency of e-Government services, as well as to implement a number of training programs to upgrade and develop the government capacities and skills in the e-Government transactions.

The “7th Annual Kingdom Smart Government Meeting” witnessed several events, including a VIP panel discussion entitled “Overcoming oil fears and transforming GCC nations into knowledge based economies,” and two 360 ̊ panel discussions entitled “Government enablers: The third platform technologies,” and “Towards smarter cities, nations and an integrated world Smart,” respectively. Add to them 5 tech talks under the key theme of “Technologies and techniques to innovate and achieve excellence in smart Government ecosystems.”

In addition, 4 interactive master classes were hold, entitled respectively as follows: “Forging an effective partnership between Governments and suppliers,” “Strategy and innovation for smart government,” “Finance for IT managers,” and “Addressing the talent gap to enable the smart Government vision.”

Yesser’s support to the events of the “7th Annual Kingdom Smart Government Meeting” is an effort to raise e-Government awareness. The Meeting represents an opportunity for participants to meet with major global providers of technology solutions to discuss future e-governance plans, as well as a favorable opportunity to review of key e-government products and projects, and discuss ways to implement them.


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