As knowledge partner for the Government of Dubai, represented throughout the event by the Dubai eGovernment , DSG hosted the MENA-OECD Governance Program's 6th Meeting of Working Group 2 on E-Government and Administrative Simplification. DSG’s e-government program spearheaded DSG’s contribution to the event.
The two-day forum was run in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) under the initiative for “Good Governance for Development in the Arab Countries.” which was launched at a meeting of Arab ministers hosted by Jordan on February 6-7, 2005. Working Group 2, which met for the first time in Dubai in September 2005, gathers together the most senior e-government officials in Arab countries and invites government experts from OECD countries to discuss key policy issues on the e-government agendas of Arab and OECD countries. The Group is chaired by Dubai and co-chaired by Italy and Korea.
The members of the working group also design a plan of activities and provide directions and support for their implementation. In the past, activities have included a capacity building seminar on e-procurement, measurement and evaluation of e-government, personalized portals, partnerships and collaboration on e-government, and electronic ID cards. This year, the agenda focused on the impact and opportunities for e-government and administrative simplification in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and included a study tour to explain and demonstrate the eGovernment implementation approach adopted by Dubai. The tour involved presentations, discussions and a site visit to Dubai Courts to illustrate electronic services implementation within the overall framework of the Dubai eGovernment initiative.