The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ministry of finance and IBM Middle East have signed a contract for the implementation of the first phase of the federal e-government project. The agreement was signed by Khalfan Bin Kharbash, Emirati minister of state for finance and industry.
“This project is integral to a number of transformation initiatives which have been launched by the UAE federal government to achieve rapid and significant transformation in the provision and efficiency of federal government services within the UAE,” said Musabeh Mohamed Al-Suwaidi from the ministry of finance and industry, who is project sponsor.
IBM Business Consulting Services, which has expanded its resources and skills through the recent acquisition of PwC Consulting, was chosen by the UAE Ministry of Finance following an evaluation of over ten competing companies.
During the first phase of the project, IBM will be responsible for evaluating the readiness of various ministries for the introduction and implementation of e-government services covering people, process and technology, as well as studying the functions of these ministries and identifying initiatives or e-government projects to be implemented.
The IBM team will also be responsible for prioritizing various initiatives, including the identification of specific target performance measures for the successful implementation of various phases of the project; evaluation of technical infrastructure requirements required to support the e-Government initiatives; defining essential policies and procedures required to support the e-Government initiative and developing a comprehensive blueprint which will allow the Federal e-Government Steering Committee to monitor the successful implementation of various phases of the e-Government project.
The first phase of the federal e-government project will be followed by subsequent implementation phases, which will cover the provision of the required infrastructure, as well as the development and implementation of systems identified within the UAE Federal e-government blueprint.
As part of the agreement, IBM Business Consulting Services will evaluate specific target benefits and measures, identify critical success factors and risks to be managed during the implementation and provide best practices that are followed by leading e-government service providers around the world. — (menareport.com)
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