2nd Islamic Countries eGovernment and eServices Summit

Venue: To be announced

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Date/Time: Nov 18, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 20, 2007
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The technology development, globalization, free trade and WTO are rebalancing the roles of Business and Government organizations. All are pressured by a highly interwoven and more competitive economy, ever more rapidly evolving technologies, and growing collective challenges such as climate change, population growth, declining natural resources, and etc. All these changes and transformations force private and public governance and corresponding institutions to react.

The 2nd Islamic Countries eGovernment Summit has been designed against this background and seeks to explore – together with the region’s and world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in this field, as well as with our participants – the possibilities and limits of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) in addressing such governance challenges.

The summit recognizes the fact that viability of eGovernment projects in these Islamic nations is important from many aspects for their respective economies. With Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Indonesia leading the way, world over, Islamic countries have been considering e-government initiatives and they are looking towards the IT industry, Government and technology experts for the tools and methods to provide e-services for both businesses and residents that meet the requirements for Islamic governance.

This summit provides insights on the challenges faced by various eGovernment projects in Islamic countries and will try and come up with a proposal for a unified standard that can drive eGovernment innovations within the frame works of governance in Islamic countries. Delegates – all senior decision makers from 57 Islamic countries – will discuss how they can avoid their eGovernment projects from being mere adaptations and what they should do to build successful eGovernment applications that meets their national objectives. Indeed, there already exist many examples where ICTs are actively used for improving service delivery, policy-making, business regulation, as well as corporate governance. The 2nd Islamic Countries eGovernment Summit builds on these experiences, while trying to push the boundaries of active ICT use in governance even further.