The The agreement was signed by His Excellency Khalfan Bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Finance and Industry for the UAE, at a function attended by senior representatives from IBM and a number of ministries and federal bodies, including the Ministry of Interior, the General Information Authority, Etisalat and the Civil Services Commission. The function was also attended by the Federal e-Government Steering Committee, which includes members from several federal ministries.
“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 His Excellency Mr. Musabeh Mohamed Al Suwaidi from the Ministry of Finance and Industry who is the project sponsor for this project. “IBM is engaged in a number of successful e-government initiatives, both globally and in this region, and makes a strong consulting and technology partner in a project of this scale.”
IBM Business Consulting Services, which has significantly expanded the resources and skills it has available through its recent acquisition of PwC Consulting, was chosen by the UAE Ministry of Finance following the extensive evaluation and benchmarking 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 prioritising 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.
“We are very excited to be working on this project, which is so strategic to the long-term development of this country,” said Rashid Wally, Director of Operations, IBM Middle East. “IBM has proven capabilities in assisting our clients around the world, including the Middle East, in transforming the effectiveness of their government services using e-government concepts and techniques.”
As part of the agreement announced today, 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.
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