Progress in Qatar Digital Government Continues in 2015
Qatar Digital Government is transforming how individuals and businesses are interacting with their government, with 24/7 online access to government and its services.
In 2015 alone, 331 government digital services were launched, bringing the total of online government services to 547. Qatar is more than halfway toward it’s goal of making 100 percent of government services available online ahead of the 2020 target date.
Some of the new services include Hamad Medical Corporation’s health card re-issuing; find your doctor; vehicle exit permit; a health encyclopedia; road opening and closure permits; and many more.
In addition, 40 percent of government entities have adopted the government shared infrastructure and 38 percent have adopted government shared applications, both with a goal of 80 percent adoption by 2020. By the end of Q3 2015, 81 government entities were connected to the Government Network, 17 were using the Government Data Center, and 39 were using Mawared, the human resources application.
Ministries are participating in the QDG program with many digital projects. For example, the Ministry of Interior’s Metrash2 enables Qatari nationals and residents to obtain a wide range of services while enjoying the convenience of using their mobile phones. The app is available for Android and IOS smartphones. Services include driver’s licenses, vehicle ownership transfer, payment of fines for traffic violations, visa applications and renewals, resident permit services, exit permit services, electronic gate (e-Gate) service for speedy transit, and general-purpose inquiries. All services are available in English and Arabic, and users are automatically reminded when they need to renew their documentation.
Qatar Digital Government is:
Smart. State-of-the-art technology is bringing information, data, and high quality services to individuals and businesses and enhancing the user experience.
Accessible. People will connect with Qatar’s government any time and from anywhere.
Efficient. Adoption of shared infrastructure and shared services across government entities will increase efficiencies in government administration and save money.
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