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The Dubai Paperless Strategy aims to identify all the primary manual processes that require paper usage and render them 100 per cent digital by the end of 2021.
Smart Dubai has announced 41 government entities have cut their paper consumption by more than four fifths (83 per cent) by the end of 2020, saving AED1.13bn.
This equates to processing almost 270 million fewer sheets of paper and, according to Smart Dubai, marks the start of the countdown to Dubai’s government becoming the “world’s first paperless government”.
Dubai’s paperless strategy initiative aims to achieve 100 per cent digitisation in the emirate by the end of 2021 with four departments having already reached this milestone. The strategy aims to identify all the primary manual processes that require paper usage and render them 100 per cent digital.
Smart Dubai awarded the 100 per cent Digital Stamp to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Sports Council, and the Dubai Statistics Centre.
The stamp recognises the government entities that have fully implemented the Dubai Paperless Strategy, marking their transition to 100 per cent paperless entities when executing internal transactions or when delivering customer services.
“We are confident that the strong partnership between Smart Dubai and various government entities will expedite the city’s comprehensive digital transformation”
DEWA saved 22.63 million sheets of paper it normally uses every year, while Dubai Municipality saved 20.9 million sheets, the Dubai Sports Council 408,623, and the Dubai Statistics Centre eliminated the use of 172,129 sheets of paper used annually.
“The Dubai Paperless Strategy has come a long way and is advancing rapidly towards its primary goal of digitising all internal government operations and services offered to the public,” said Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Smart Dubai, and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment.
“This makes it possible for the Dubai Government to completely forego paper transactions. We congratulate the four entities that earned the 100 per cent Digital Stamp for winning this race against time,” he continued.
“We applaud all entities taking part in this strategy for the tremendous progress they are making towards achieving this goal, and for exceeding expectations every step of the way.”
The paperless strategy was rolled out over several phases, each of which bringing in a new group of Dubai Government entities looking to cut their paper consumption by half in the first six months.
“The close collaboration among government entities and the tremendous efforts they have put in played an immense role in achieving this objective,” added Al Nasser.
“We are confident that the strong partnership between Smart Dubai and various government entities will expedite the city’s comprehensive digital transformation.”
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