UAE to boost e-Government plan

The UAE Government is planning to accelerate the implementation of the e-Government by making 50 percent of government services online by the end of the year 2008 and 90 percent by the year 2020.

The Ministry of Economics has already surpassed the 50 per cent target and launched a new portal, in which ministry is introducing 80 services out of a total of 130 services. Currently, UAE has one of the highest broadband user penetration rates in the Middle East at the rate of 31.5 per cent, and more than half the population has access to the Internet. The government has designed the portal in collaboration with the Microsoft Corp. The portal aims to facilitate collaboration with businesses in the country. According to the United Nations' latest figures, the UAE currently ranks 32nd in terms of e-government readiness worldwide, a rate higher than countries like Russia, China, and Brazil.