The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA) ranked the UAE 8th globally in the e-smart services index of the E-Government Development Index (EGDI). UAE leading the region in UN’s 2016 e-smart services is an important component in the overall index used to determine growth in e-government development and does help in consolidating the UAE’s regional leadership in the e-services index as being top notch in the Gulf, the Arab World as well as the West Asian region but 3rd overall in Asia.
However, for the e-participation index, the UAE are ranked number 1 in the Arab World and at the 32nd place globally.
The report is about the development of e-government across 193 countries of the world, using the elaborately composite index of EGDI. The results are based on the average of 3 sub-indices, i.e.: online service (OSI), telecommunication infrastructure index (TII) and human capital index (HCI).
Wealth Monitor published on July 31, 2016 the following article. Excerpts of it are reproduced for the commendable performance of the UAE’s.
UAE ranks 29th in UN’s E-Government Development Index (EGDI)
The UAE is ranked in the very-high E-Government Development Index (EGDI), as issued by the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
The report shows that the UAE is listed among the world’s leading countries in terms of the level of progress in e-governance. The UAE is also among the world’s leading countries in terms of e-participation.
The report throws the spotlight on the development of e-government across 193 countries from all over the world, through the measurement of EGDI, which is a composite index. The results are based on calculations of the average of the three sub-indices–online service (OSI), telecommunication infrastructure index (TII) and human capital index (HCI).
The UAE ranked 29th globally, jumping from its rank of 32 in 2014.
On a regional level, for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the report highlights, e-government has become a development indicator. Much emphasis has been placed on advancing e-government in the region, as both a means and an end in development. In promoting knowledge sharing among the GCC countries, the biennial GCC e-government Awards are presented to government entities that have demonstrated excellence in e-government (GCC, 2015). Bahrain (24th) and the United Arab Emirates (29th) are among the global leaders with Very-High-EGDI levels, while Kuwait (40th), Saudi Arabia (44th) and Qatar (48th) are among the top Asian countries with High-EGDI levels.
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