Dubai Government employees commence ‘mGovernment initiative training program’

Program is aimed at promoting the Smart Governance among all current government employees and local university students

[UAE, February 22, 2014]- In line with the Smart Government initiative announced by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Smart Government (DSG) has commenced its mGovernment initiative training program in coordination with the Telecommunication Regulation Authority (TRA). TRA is the entity responsible for implementing the ‘mGovernment initiative training program’ to all Dubai Government departments and organizations.

The program is aimed at promoting the concept of Smart Governance among all current government employees and local university students, which falls in line with Dubai’s Vision 2021. TRA has chosen to implement eTransformation concepts in general and the smart government in particular.

To fulfil the same, 21 employees from the information security division of 10 different government departments have already taken part in the first training course on ‘Smart Phone Security.’ The program, which started on February 9, 2014 at Conrad Dubai Hotel, covered various sessions for specialized process and workshops in the smart, technical and administrative government fields. The implementation of the various training programs is expected to involve the participation of more than 2,000 employees coming from various government agencies and departments. The program covers four basic training courses which have been specially designed for specific departments and employees, particularly those working in the information technology / systems and networks category, applications and programs development category, information security category and those at a supervisory level.

H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai Smart Government, has expressed his pleasure at the high level of coordination between the local and federal government entities in order to enable the smart transformation throughout the country.

Bin Humaidan further said: “We are honoured to work with TRA for the success of the training and education program, which would raise the qualifications and capacities of our government employees. We have communicated with various government departments of Dubai to ensure the candidate’s attendance for the specialized courses held by the department. This cooperation also includes the move to achieve the interconnected and integrated government concept, which guarantees upgrading the qualification of government staff—complementing the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Rest assured that we remain steadfast in our commitment to follow the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Council, to transform to a smart government.”

“Dubai is diligent to achieve a successful transformation to a smart city, and a knowledge-based economy, to ensure satisfaction across all the social categories, including nationals, residents, business people and visitors. We have made joint efforts and taken immense care to build and enhance the national competencies in this field. In addition, we have prepared them for the comprehensive transformation period toward the smart governance to assure that the graduated staff of the program are qualified to take the responsibility of leading the fundamental changes to keep up with the global development in the technical sector,” he added.

From his side, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Deputy Director General & mGovernment Initiative Director at Telecommunication Regulation Authority, said: “It is a great pleasure to work in close partnership with Dubai Smart Government, which is considered as one of the leading departments in the national and international eTransformation. We are confident that this cooperation will reflect positively on the highest goals of the smart government initiative which sees the transformation from customer satisfaction to costumer delight through offering great services easily and quickly via smartphones round-the-clock.”

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