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GCC study: Gulf countries good in providing e-Governance services

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The Centre for Public Policy at Brown University in the US has stated in its report that Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are capable of developing websites to offer best possible electronic services.

According to the Report, there are 1,687 websites from 198 states of Gulf countries. The sites which are reviewed in the study, are generally portals related to prime minister office and legislative (parliament) and judiciary. Other websites are related with economic development, business regulation, military, transportation, taxation, tourism and foreign affairs. An index has been considered which is based on three main features: online information, service delivery and public access. The index ranks countries on the basis of maximum 100 points. According to the report, North America emerged as the best region in e-Governance, which earned more than 45 points. This time, Asia has replaced Western Europe as the second best region in the world by earning almost 40 points. Western Europe is holding third position by collecting 37 points. The other seven countries competing the top ten positions are the US, the UK, Canada, Portugal, Australia, Turkey and Germany, respectively. The Report ranked Bahrain as the most capable e-Government in the GCC and Arab countries. Bahrain has managed to advance 50 positions in a single year and thus earned 15th position worldwide.

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