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GCC eGov Executive Committee meets in Oman

Hosted by the Sultanate represented in the Information Technology Authority (ITA), the eighteenth meeting of the GCC eGovernment Executive Committee, started yesterday and it will continue for two days. The meeting is held in Al Bustan Palace Hotel in the presence of some excellences’ heads of the authorities and programs of eGovernment in the GCC countries along with the presence of specialists from the General Secretariat of the Council.

During the meeting, the committee discusses the General Secretariat report on what has been implemented of the decisions that had been decided on in its seventeenth meeting. The Committee also discusses the implementation of joint initiatives between the GCC member countries as are contained in the GCC Guidelines Strategy in eGovernment. In addition to reviewing the report of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to hold the fifth session of the GCC eGovernment Award and conference, which will be hosted by the Kingdom in 2017.

Speaking on the occasion of hosting the meeting in Oman, Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, said: “This meeting is a continuation of the meetings of the GCC eGovernment Executive Committee and we will discuss many topics, the most important initiatives agreed by the Committee with respect to the eGovernment which had been identified for each Member State to carry out, including the GCC joint eGovernment services initiatives to be implemented by the Sultanate. The Sultanate has surpassed the advanced stage of this initiative, which will be reviewed during the work of this meeting as well as to discuss new initiatives that will be agreed upon.”

Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Shuaibi, Director General of Yesser Program of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, talked about the meeting, saying: “The connected gulf project is one of the initiatives presented two years ago and has been activated to provide the data and information between the GCC government systems. In addition to that the Kingdom of Bahrain adopted the initiative to link the GCC countries and integrate with the Sultanate's initiative in identifying applications and services that will be applied across this linkage.”

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