By David Cass
Today's opening leg of the ITP e-government roadshow showed that all of the talking about e-government, at least in Dubai, is over and that delivery is now key.
Interest and involvement in e-government is growing rapidly in the region. That’s the inescapable conclusion at the second ITP e-government road show kicked off in Dubai on Saturday. Speakers at the Emirates Towers hotel recognised Dubai as a world leader in bringing e-government to its population, even though Dr Saeed Al Dhaheri from the UAE University announced that the initiative would take up to five years to implement, rather than the previous ‘official’ timescale of between one and two years. Dr Al Dhaheri said, “It will take all of that time to get the targeted 70% of government services online and to educate people to use the internet to access them.”Delegates heard speeches on security, development, implementation and technology from a range of eminent speakers involved in government, academia and commerce. ITP’s managing editor, Rob Corder, said the event had moved on dramatically from last year’s inaugural event.“There is phenomenal interest in this subject area,” he said. “Presentations have changed dramatically since last year because we are now a long way beyond introducing e-government as a concept. We are now talking seriously about implementation and operational issues.”The road show continues in Abu Dhabi at the Millennium Hotel on Sunday May 26; Riyadh, KSA, on May 28, and Amman, Jordan on June 2.