Smart government and green economy: Building a sustainable future for all


    By HE Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr,


    Director General of Smart Dubai, UAE


    Next-generation technologies have long found their way into the realm

    of the government sector. In a bid to provide modern services and

    systems to the public that are comparable to what the more-funded

    private sector institutions can deliver, many governments worldwide

    have embarked on what we now call smart government.


    Under this all-encompassing phenomenon, we have witnessed public

    entities integrating advanced technological innovations into their

    processes to deliver faster and more efficient solutions. The end goal

    is to make members of the local communities happier and more satisfied

    through the provision of high-quality government services.  In short,

    a high standard of quality living should be achieved by establishing a

    modern and effective government system.


    With the internet and other modern tools at its core, smart government

    has empowered the public by giving them easy, round-the-clock access

    to services and an effective platform to reach out to public

    authorities. It has also enabled government bodies to operate at their

    optimum best to cater to the needs of both people and businesses at

    reduced costs.


    More importantly, a government operating under a smart ecosystem has

    led to the promotion of better consumption of resources, therefore

    helping address the issues of sustainability of resources and

    environmental degradation. This environmental component is critical in

    another global movement that has emerged in light of the devastating

    effects of climate change.


    Worldwide, we have seen mounting calls for sustainable development,

    and a key aspect of achieving this much-needed progress is for

    countries to adopt the framework of the green economy. The United

    Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines an inclusive green

    economy as an economic model that “improves human well-being and

    builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and



    Dialogues and debates surrounding the green economy continue as they

    should be. But all these should be accompanied by concrete actions. By

    pushing to have a smart government, we are also in effect taking that

    vital step towards shifting to a green economy.  Now, the focus will

    be on embracing green technologies and leveraging innovation as a tool

    to enable sustainable development. This way, smart government and

    green economy complement each other. They are key to building a

    sustainable future for all. To discuss more, I look forward to meeting

    you at the WGES 2019, which will take place at on October 20th and

    21st at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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