More than 300 senior government officials, CIOs, IT experts, ICT companies, policy makers and vendors will brainstorm at a two-day conference February 15-16, 2022, to unlock a $3 trillion open data opportunity dollars, after Dubai established the world’s first paperless government
The UAE leads the Arab world in digital transformation, ranking first in the Arab world and 8th in the world in the world. United Nations Online Services Index (OSI) 2020 according to UN EDGI report covering 193 countries. the E-Government Development Index (EGDI) presents the state of e-government development of United Nations Member States.
As the country moves towards a data-driven and paperless government, more than 300 delegates gathered in Dubai to take stock of the progress made by Middle Eastern governments in their digital transformation movement in the 2nd Data Driven Government Conference which will take place from February 15 to 16, 2022 at the Movenpick Grand Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“The global Big Data market is estimated at US$70.5 billion in 2020. It is expected to exceed US$243.4 billion by 2027, Abdul Mobeen Khan, Chairman of the 2nd Conference on Data-Driven Government, who is also a practitioner and trainer in strategy execution, program management, ITSM, cybersecurity and governance, UAE .
He said governments should now focus on the untapped potential of the data economy.
“The opening up of Geographic Information System (GIS) has fueled the growth of the Global Positioning System (GPS) industry which now represents a market worth more than US$128 billion. We no longer work in silos. If we don’t use the data analytics property, things can fall through the cracks,” he said.
“Government and business need to ensure data-driven strategic alignment. Your strategy should be agile and flexible, data-driven. »
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is moving towards a digital government. In 2019, the Kingdom launched its ICT Sector Strategy 2023, followed by the National Cybersecurity Strategy 2020 and the National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence in 2020. In 2021, Saudi Arabia launched the framework e-government regulation and the development of the Digital Government Authority (DGA) .
Nabil Aloufi, Deputy Governor for Risk and Business Continuity, Digital Government Authority at the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), said, “Saudi Arabia currently offers 6,000 e-government services, has 3 billion transactions per year, and the number keeps growing. We have a proper digital government roadmap.
Saudi Arabia ranked 43rd in UN EDGI report in 2021. “We aim to improve our ranking to 38 this year and become one of the top ten countries in the world by 2030. Our roadmap includes three key communication channels – government to citizens, government to business and government to government agencies – to ensure data-driven government delivers the best experiences for everyone,” said Nabil Aloufi.
Data-driven government makes public administration more efficient and transparent, enhances safety and security, saves public money, and eliminates corruption. It helps governments make the right decision, based on data analysis.
The two-day conference comes as governments from more than 200 countries focus on data-driven governance, which will determine which government excels at leading their country in the future.
Data-driven government is changing the way government works. Decisions are supported by real-time data analysis which helps to assess the situation more appropriately. Governments can play a key role as providers of data – both in the form of raw data and official statistics – helping to unlock a $3 trillion open data opportunity for the private sector and civil society , declares McKinsey & Company .
A latest report from Gartner, Inc. indicates that global public sector spending on IT and software infrastructure is expected to increase by 6.5%, from US$523.2 billion in 2021 to US$557 billion next year. , as governments around the world allocate massive resources to bolster data-driven technologies. government that will help the public sector ensure smooth service delivery and drive smart decision-making based on data analytics.
Before implementing data-driven government, governments around the world need to make the smartphone accessible to everyone in order to put public services at the fingertips of every citizen. The number of smartphone users in the world today exceeds 6.37 billion, which means that 80.69% of the world’s population owns a smartphone.
“Data is the new gold and governance becomes better, more transparent and more efficient with data-driven government. The whole world is currently in different stages of digital transformation processes. While some are at the beginning of the process, others are at an advanced stage of data-driven digital government,” Abdul Mobeen Khan, Strategy Execution, Program Management, ITSM, Cybersecurity and Governance Practitioner and Trainer, Emirates United Arabs and President of 2nd Data Driven Government Conference said.
“The United Arab Emirates is one of the most advanced countries to have digitized its public services, while the government of Dubai is the first to become a 100% paperless government in the world, which is a huge achievement.”
The data-driven government will also expand big data and bring together all individual citizen data on a single server. The global big data market is estimated at $130.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $234.6 billion by 2026, growing 10.2% year-on-year.
The race for excellence in effective governance is gaining momentum and is at the center of discussions at 2nd Data Driven Government Conference . Globally, governments are working on digitizing the public sector, especially key ministries, authorities and regulators, to deliver seamless service delivery across all channels. While some are in the early stages of building data-driven government, others are migrating to next-generation solutions.
In his opening address to the 2nd Data Driven Government Conference Nabil Aloufi, Vice President – Governance, Risk and Compliance, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Digital Government Authority (DGA), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: “Almost all countries in the Middle East are currently racing against each other to achieve 100% data-driven paperless government. However, most countries are lagging behind and need to catch up quickly. These countries need to expand their bandwidth and encourage people to start looking for public services online.”
More than 300 international and regional stakeholders from across the government sector, including but not limited to ministries, government authorities and agencies, consultancies and technology developers will discuss and debate how to create the perfect data-driven government in 2nd Data Driven Government Conference where delegates will explore the latest advanced solutions for establishing a secure data management and analytics infrastructure.
The current rapid development of ICT has resulted in high performance and increased integration of computing environment, mobile computing and hyper-connection. This led to a stratification of data quality and a sharp increase in quantity, according to a report titled Data-driven smart government by the United Nations.
“Whereas in the past there was mainly ‘passive data’ which holders or data owners created by passively responding to demand from data collectors, now there is an increase in ‘active data’ , that data holders volunteer to produce “It said.
At the 2nd Data Driven Government Conference a panel of eminent speakers will include government decision-makers and international industry experts who will discuss the region’s vision of a data-driven government and effectively implement them to improve quality of life and support their development national socio-economic.
Data-driven government is key to achieving sustainable development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, while most countries have improved e-participation and data-centric approaches and have increased emphasis on digital capacity building, according to a recent United Nations report. Nations report on e-government.
Data-Driven Government in the MENA Region
Digital Government, an initiative to transform the way we deliver public services through technology and data, has gained momentum in the MENA region, especially after the United Arab Emirates announced that it had reached a government 100% digital and become the world leader by 2071.
The creation of digital projects in the MENA region has long been the goal of many governments in the Middle East and North Africa. However, this progress must be supported by the efforts of all stakeholders to enable governments to capitalize on the opportunities which, in turn, will contribute to the economic growth of this region.
The 2nd Data Driven Government Conference is supported by – Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Jordanian Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Health and United Arab Emirates Prevention (MOHAP), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Emirates Health Services, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, Saudi Digital Government Authority, Ajman Free Zone, International Association of Artificial Intelligence, Oman National Energy Center ( NEC) and Oman Information Technology Society.