Press Release

TRA Hosts a Delegation from Ajman Digital Government

Highlighting the role of local governments in EGDI results

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) hosted, virtually, a delegation from Ajman Digital Government headed by H.E. Ohoud Shehail, Director General of Ajman Digital Government, to review the United Nations e-Government Survey 2020 and its key results, as well as how to activate the participation of local governments in enhancing the role of e-government to improve UAE results.

This session is part of a series of sessions initiated by the Executive Team of the E-Government Development Index to exchange experiences with local electronic / smart / digital governments with the aim of highlighting the most prominent developments in the indicators of the United Nations e-Government Survey 2020, such as EGDI, the Digital Participation Index and the Local Service Index (smart cities).

This session also comes within the framework of TRA’s role in supervising the achievement of the national OSI, in accordance with the United Nations e-Government Survey, in strategic partnership with the relevant government entities.

The session addressed the results of the Survey, the main index, the sub-indicators and the advanced results achieved by the UAE, which reflect the great efforts made by all local and federal government entities in order to advance UAE ranking in EGDI.

The session discussed the role of local governments in promoting e-government in the country, especially as the United Nations tends to focus on smart cities development in the survey process, in addition to the availability of local smart services, particularly in education, health and transportation sectors.

Commenting on this sessions, H.E. Salem Al Housani, Acting Deputy Director General for the Information & E-Government Sector, said: “The UAE achievements in the field of smart services and digital transformation reflect the great work that all government entities have done in cooperation with private sector to achieve standards of smart services indicators. We worked as one team, exchanged ideas and opinions, discussed challenges and worked to create Innovative solutions.”

H.E. Al Housani emphasized that our achievements motivate us for more accomplishments, he added: “We have learned from our wise leadership to be in the first place, and to maintain our leadership and gains. Our achievements motivate us to pursue cooperation among government entities to implement more initiatives and projects that enhance the UAE position in digital governments and smart transformation. Our meetings are practical steps towards enhancing cooperation and reaching more achievements.”

The UAE ranked first in the Arab region and western Asia, and 8th globally in the UN OSI within the overall EDGI. The UAE also ranked 4th in Asia in the same index, and advanced one rank in the digital participation index, moving to 16th rank after ranking 17 in 2018. In the survey, the UAE ranked 7th in the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index.