Pakistan takes yet another initiative for digital Pakistan

Pakistan takes yet another initiative for digital Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui had a meeting with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smart Dubai, Wesam Al Abbas Lootah in Dubai and discussed digital transformation of governance in Pakistan.

Both Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Dubai also discussed to expedite progression in this regard.

Dr Khalid Maqbool on his way back from Barcelona, Spain after attending the GSMA Ministerial Programme at World Congress, 2019 had a brief stopover at Dubai.

During meeting with Mr Lootah, the minister shared different initiatives undertaken by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications in Pakistan for digitalising government systems and processes, a message received here on Thursday said.

He appreciated the vision of top leadership of Dubai and United Arab Emirates (UAE) government for taking extraordinary measures in exemplary transformation of Dubai governance system.

The minister said the experience and knowledge base of Smart Dubai could help the government of Pakistan to improve and expedite digital transformation process in the country.

Journey of government of Dubai towards Digital Transformation and how it helped them in optimizing government's operations as well as citizens facilitation was also discussed during the meeting.

Mr Lootah informed Dr Siddiqui that drive for e-governance had started back in 2002 in Dubai with a vision to transform public services in to digital ecosystems.

Sharing digital transformation experience of Dubai government, Mr Lootah explained, in first phase of digital transformation of governance, which spanned over a period of slightly more than a decade, all public services, back office operations and transactional systems were brought under umbrella/portal of ""

In second phase of transformation, all services offered over web portal were additionally migrated over a smart mobile application and more facilitative portal called "Dubai Pulse" was introduced for offering single window facilitation to citizens for all types of utilities and public services.

The meeting concluded on an understanding of furthering cooperation between Smart Dubai and Ministry of IT & Telecom for knowledge sharing and capacity building initiatives as a kick-starter.