UAE Forms Panel to Computerize Agencies

Published June 11th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The UAE’s General Information Authority (GIA) has established a committee to help it introduce IT applications in federal and local departments, reported the Gulf News on Monday. 

The establishment of the Emirates Information Technology Society (EITS), comprising senior officials and IT experts, will soon be officially announced by Sheikh Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla, the minister for planning, an official at the GIA told the paper. 

The GIA has also planned several initiatives to help the UAE meet the challenges of rapid IT development, he added.  

The GIA will set up a "data warehouse" to store information collected from all ministries and local departments. It will work as an information backbone as more departments adopt e-government, he said. 

The Abu Dhabi-based GIA is a federal body established by a presidential decree in 1982. 

So far, the GIA has trained 25,000 nationals in IT fields, said the paper, adding that it had the largest computer network in the UAE – 



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