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The Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom 2019), which concluded on Friday, stood out for launching a number of key services and signing agreements for some strategic projects. Among the highlights were a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up the Qatar National Laboratory for Technology Vetting (Common Criteria Vetting Lab), a first in the GCC and Arab states and a boost to cybersecurity in the country. The state-of-the-art technology lab aims to test security products for functionality and vet information and communications technology products, while enhancing the security standards in the country. In line with Qatar’s National Cybersecurity Strategy, the focus will be on several product categories for different sectors including oil and gas, IoT, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

It was announced at Qitcom 2019 that a total of 21 new electronic services will serve the maritime transport sector, particularly large vessels with a capacity of more than 200 tonnes. The new services, which are in addition to the 25 services launched in early 2019 serving small and large vessels, aim to develop the maritime transport sector. They are also designed to facilitate operations and procedures and keep pace with technological advancements through the automation of all ships’ services. All new services will be made available on the MoTC portal, whereas the mobile app will offer only 15 of them. The various services are provided through integration with the ministry’s national documentation and archiving system to ensure business procedures are facilitated and completed through the mobile app or portal.

The launch of the new e-services is part of the ministry’s efforts to modernise and develop a maritime transport industry in support of technological development and economic diversification. These new electronic services will enable the public to submit their applications at anytime and anywhere around the clock, saving them time and effort to reach the shipping service offices in Al Khor, Ruwais and Doha.

The MoTC signed an MoU with QNB to roll out an e-payment gateway as one of the most significant new digital government projects in Qatar, which includes the Ministry of Finance as the entity responsible for the collection of revenues in the country. QNB will establish the portal according to the highest international standards, and will effectively go online by the third quarter of 2020. The Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy aims to make the Qatari government more efficient, effective and focused on serving the public by improving the level of government services for individuals and companies, raising the efficiency of administrative processes, and enhancing transparency and community participation. The e-payment portal will allow all private and corporate users to pay online for e-services provided by various government departments in the country. The portal will cater for the current and future needs of electronic payment by providing various payment options including credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards and bank account transfers. The portal will also employ multiple payment channels such as the Internet, mobile phones and Points of Sales.

The inauguration of the Tasmu Digital Valley initiative was another highlight. It is part of the efforts of the MoTC, in conjunction with the Qatar Free Zones Authority, to attract more multinational digital companies to set up operations in Qatar and support local institutions and companies by enhancing their capabilities to compete internationally. In short, Qitcom 2019 will be remembered as a landmark event for a longtime to come.

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Quelle/Source: Gulf Times, 03.11.2019

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