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ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Labour (MoL) has catapulted the UAE to the top among the Arab countries by implementing the e-government and secured 12th position globally in the web measurement assessment as published in the UN E-Government Survey 2008 report, said Minister of Labour Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi yesterday.

Dr Al Kaabi told reporters that the UAE has taken an advanced position among the developed countries in the use of e-technology in completing formalities in the Ministry of Labour.

The announcement comes close on the heels  of praise for the Ministry of Labour by Gerri Elliott, Corporate Vice-President at Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft.

“Another instance of effective e-Government in the region is the UAE’s Ministry of Labour portal, which the UN e-Government Survey calls ‘an excellent example of a one-stop shop’,” Elliott had remarked at the Government Leaders Forum.

“It has cut the time needed to issue visas and work permits from two months to about 15 minutes — an especially important achievement in efficiency for a country that employs more than two million expatriates from 202 countries,” Elliott elaborated.

The UN Report stated that the UAE achieved remarkable advancement in using the e-services in the public sector, covering about 64.7 per cent of the services at the government offices electronically.

The UAE took the 12th position among 192 countries across the world in web measurement assessment as the countries recorded 71.57 per cent in using the Internet and e-activities.

Moreover, the UN Report showed that the UAE stands fifth among the top 10 countries in transactional services achieving more than 65 per cent of the transactions through the e-government.

Dr Al Kaabi urged the public relations officers and firm-owners to use the ministry’s web site http://www.mol.gov.ae to complete the formalities and applications as the ministry now provides various services online.

“We in the ministry are working in cooperation with different governmental authorities to achieve the electronic strategy. We had started in 2005 with 50 per cent and achieve 80 per cent of the services in 2007. We hope to touch 90 per cent e-services at the MoL by the end of 2008,” said Dr Al Kaabi.

Country: United Arab Emirates
Source Date: 1/29/2008

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