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Qatar set to boost use of digital technologies for social innovation

Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has partnered with Accenture to develop an innovation management capability for sourcing and applying digital technologies and social innovations.

The agreement is part of the ambitious Smart Qatar program TASMU, which was announced by Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani at Qatar’s biggest digital event, QITCOM 2017, held recently.

TASMU was designed to improve citizen outcomes and help drive economic diversification. It is aligned with the ambitious Qatar National Vision 2030, which seeks to transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development.

It also aims to increase access to quality healthcare, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, promote an active nation in sports with increased female participation, facilitate mobility through safe and environmentally friendly transport network, drive sustainable consumption of natural resources, and improve water and food security.

“Qatar’s leadership has long recognized the importance of investing in technology and focusing on innovation,” said Al Mansoori. “Digital technologies are integral and valuable to all aspects of society. Bringing efficiency to sectors like transportation, healthcare, environment, among others, can transform our socio-economic status, positively affecting our lives.”

Boulos said Accenture will leverage its experience in helping government agencies across the globe to help Qatar realize a leading position in the smart economy.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016, Qatar was ranked 27th in the Networked Readiness Index. The country excelled in several areas including government use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and national ICT skills, ranking fifth on both, globally.

Moreover, the country leads Arab nations in areas lie political and regulatory environment, venture capital availability, individual ICT usage, education, and capacity for innovation.