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UAE forms council to lead digital transformation of government bodies

On Monday, the UAE cabinet authorised the foundation of the Higher Committee for Government Digital Transformation.

The committee, led by Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, minister of state for government development and the future, is to “supervise and guide the development of the digital ecosystem for the UAE government,”  according to a WAM release.

According to the statement, this will improve federal government agencies' preparedness, competitiveness, flexibility, and digital alignment of projects and digital systems.

“One of the committee’s core goals is to raise the efficiency of its use of infrastructure and digital assets, while enhancing integration between government agencies and institutions to maximise the impact of the comprehensive digital transformation.”

According to the statement, the upper committee will be in charge of drafting policies for digital transformation in the federal government, as well as reviewing and following up on relevant strategies, programmes, and initiatives as part of the transformation process.

The committee will also give guiding components for initiatives aimed at digitising government services, business, and operations, among other things.
According to WAM, the committee will include the director general of the telecommunications and digital government regulatory authority (TDRA), the director general of the federal authority for government human resources, the UAE's head of cyber security, the chief of government services, the deputy director general for the telecommunications sector, and a representative from the finance ministry.

The committee's vice chairman will be Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, minister of state for artificial intelligence, digital economy, and remote work applications.

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