Yesser arranged a meeting with officials from government agencies in charge portals. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss improvement and enhancement of portals in preparation for the UN measurement of e-Government. The meeting was chaired by Eng. Ali bin Saleh Al-Soma, Director General of Yesser in the presence of Richard Kirby, the UN e-Government expert.
Dr. Majid Diraihim, manager of research and innovation in Yesser and manager of Saudi Arabia preparations for UN 2016 measurement of e-Government moderated the discussions.
According to Dr. Diraihim the purpose of the meeting was to develop explicit mechanisms to enhance government agencies’ portal in order to improve services to customers and ensure better ranking of Saudi Arabia in the UN measurement of e-Government in 2016.
From his side Richard Kirby highlighted the UN e-Government measurement. The UN measurement is conducted every two years. The upcoming measurement will cover 193 countries. It is considered an effective tool to measure the progress made by each country toward e-services transition.Mr. Kirby reviewed key indicators on which the measurement is based including development of e-services and CIT infrastructure in addition to human resources indicator.
The UN expert indicated that the main motto of the 2016 measurement is (e-Government…..sustainable development). He confirmed that implementation of the e-Government concept will enable government agencies to play their crucial role of realizing a sustainable development journey.
The meeting was concluded with several recommendations and comments to improve the existing situation of the government agencies’ portals that will undergo measurement in order to ensure better ranking of Saudi Arabia. In the previous measurement of 2014, Saudi Arabia achieved remarkable progress by being placed in the 36th position up from 41st and 58th positions in 2012 and 2010 respectively.