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Qatar Ranked 44th in e-Government Among 193 Countries
Source: The Peninsula Qatar, http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/304608/qatar-ranked-44th-in-e-government-among-193-countries
Source Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Qatar
Created: Oct 20, 2014

Qatar has improved its position in the global e-government ranking based on the recently released ‘United Nations E-Government Survey 2014.’

According to the biennial report, Qatar has ranked 44th among the 193 member countries included in the survey.

It climbed four notches from its 48th position in 2012. It ranked ninth in Asia.

The survey measures how public administrations provide electronic and mobile services to people and focuses on e-government development based on availability of online services, telecommunication infrastructure and human capacity, according to the UN.

With E-Government Development Index (EGDI) of .6362, the country has been classified among the countries with ‘high EGDI,’ whose scores range between .5 and .75. The world average is .4712.

Bahrain (.8089) is the only GCC state to be included in the top 25 countries with ‘very high EGDI’, ranking 18th globally.

All GCC countries rank within the top 10 in Western Asia due to their high GDP, high literacy rates, small populations and keenness of their governments to invest in and develop their online national portals, says the study.

The ranking as derived from the EGDI is not designed to capture e-government development in an absolute sense; rather it aims to give a performance rating of national governments relative to one another, says the report.

Qatar is also among the top 50 countries in e-participation index (EPI), a supplementary index to the UN E-Government Survey.

The index focuses on the use of online services to facilitate provision of information by governments to citizens (e-information sharing), interaction with stakeholders (e-consultation), and engagement in decision-making processes (e-decision making).
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