By Tamara Pupic
Google is willing to support the UAE’s future leaders of government innovation in utilising new technologies to achieve innovative goals
Google is keen to increase its cooperation with the UAE government to encourage more innovation, a high-level executive said during a visit to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI).
A high-level delegation from Google, led by Susan Pointer, senior director public policy and government relations in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Russia, attended MBRCGI’s seminar on the mechanism of generating innovative ideas based on new technologies to achieve future goals.
Also attending were the participants of the centre’s Diploma in Government Innovation programme who were presented with some of the Google’s innovative projects on how to enhance government services.
Stressing the importance of the programme, Pointer praised the UAE’s efforts to achieve government innovation by employing digital technology and establishing an advanced infrastructure in the field of information technology as well as investing in the human element.
In September 2014, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the programme following the launch of the National Innovation Strategy.
The strategy aims to place the UAE among the most innovative nations in the world within seven years, which will also be the UAE’s Golden Jubilee in 2021.
It was previously reported that a total of 50 executive officials from 36 federal and local government departments were part of the first batch undertaking the one-year diploma programme.
Pointer also added that the UAE was one of the most connected countries in terms of internet use, which had contributed to the development of its education system, government innovation policies and government services as well as supported its efforts to build a knowledge-based economy.
MBRCGI aims to develop an integrated system of modern tools to help government entities to adopt innovation in the sector and provide innovative services to the public.
Its model is based on three main pillars – innovative ideas, innovative capabilities, and innovative culture.
Through a series of events and government innovation laboratories, the centre also works on training national talents and promoting their capacity in the area of government innovation, as well as building a global network of partnerships with universities and specialised institutes.