The paperless movement is underway in the UAE!
When smart cities equal paperless
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launched in 2013 Smart Dubai Government, the technology branch of Smart Dubai, an initiative that aims to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city. This innovative initiative has as the primary aim and success indicator: citizens’ happiness.
One of the entrusted missions of the Smart Dubai 2021 project is the Dubai Paperless Strategy.
What is the Dubai Paperless Strategy? Launched last February by the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this project requires the elimination of every paper transaction coming from the government entities by 2021. That means that all government entities will cease issuing or requesting paper documents from citizens.
How? With the digitization of internal and external transactions across government institutions. The Dubai Paperless Strategy goes around three main pillars:
- Smart solutions, whereby all technological requirements would be provided to ensure paper-free government transactions and procedures;
- Legislation, where the necessary legislative changes are made to regulate paperless transactions in all institutions;
- The paper-free culture, overcoming cultural barriers of individuals and institutions to promote paperless transactions and procedures.
The digital transformation process coming from the government is a good start to raise awareness and to effect change as the government entities are mandatory in our daily life. In the same way, for a paperless office shift, a paper-free board of directors is a great example of how boards can lead by example in an organization.
Going paperless: not just a buzzword but a real increasing trend
Going paperless has been a hot topic in local government for years. Reducing paper seems to be one of the top priorities when acquiring a new digital solution.
As a precursor, the Danish government has already gone to a “full electronic communication” since 2012, a closer example shows the paper-free trend like the “Digital India”, an initiative promoted by the Government of India by substituting of paper-process for digital transaction.
Organizations such as Dubai Health Authority, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Police and Dubai International Financial Courts have already started their paperless journey.
DiliTrust, an experienced partner for a digital transformation
A number of new technologies have emerged supporting entities in their digital transition over the past years, as a matter of fact Dubai is home to over 300 global and regional ICT firms.
Though, there are topics we must not neglect such as data protection, efficiency, ease of use and user adoption during a digital transformation. If these aspects were put apart the risk is to leaf through stacks of paper.
Our board portal module of the DiliTrust Governance suite fulfills all these requirements for being part of any paperless office initiative. It is time for local government and companies to consider emptying their filing cabinets and being Smart Dubai 2021 compliant!
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