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Emirates eGovernment and UAE Genetic Disease Association sign MoU
Source: http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZAWYA20111218095855
Source Date: Sunday, December 18, 2011
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: United Arab Emirates
Created: Dec 19, 2011

Emirates eGovernment signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA). The MoU aims for the two parties to exchange experiences and information and make use of their expertise in their respective spheres of work.

H. E. Salem Khamis Al Shair Al Suwaidi, Director General, Emirates eGovernment, and Dr. Mariam Matar, Founder and Chair of the board of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association signed the MoU which reflects the two parties' keenness, as government entities, to cooperate and integrate their services.

H. E. Salem Al Suwaidi said, "We are glad to sign this MoU with UAEGDA. Emirates eGovernment's role is to work with the federal government entities to build a strong and sustainable IT infrastructure in the UAE. We also aim at providing effective and reliable eServices in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Government Strategy 2011-2013."

Dr. Mariam Matar, Founder and Chair of the board of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association said, "We are pleased to cooperate with government institutions in serving the community. The signing of this agreement with Emirates eGovernment shows the commitment of both parties on working together in the Spirit of the Union. This spirit embodies the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, May Allah bless his soul."

The two sides have agreed to cooperate in a number of fields that aim at raising public awareness and usage of Information Technology and eServices. According to the MoU, Emirates eGovernment will develop both the corporate and the intranet websites for the UAE Genetic Diseases Association as part of the cloud services it offers to government entities in the UAE. Emirates eGovernment will also provide the necessary training for the employees to manage the websites.

The two parties have also agreed on exchanging technical expertise needed for reviewing specifications of tenders related to IT systems and equipment. As an entity concerned with controlling and preventing population-specific genetic disorders prevalent in the United Arab Emirates, UAEGDA will provide content to enrich the federal government portal (www.government.ae).

Emirates eGovernment works in line with the strategy of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, and is responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of the eGovernment strategy on the federal level, ensuring robust shared infrastructure for federal government entities, and enhanced government services.

UAEGDA aims to strengthen families and build healthy communities. It focuses on raising public awareness with common inherited blood disorders that involves pre-marital and pre-conception screening of the UAE population. It also organises genetic counselling services, promotes a supportive network for other common genetic disorders and implements necessary prevention programmes.

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