Officials of Dubai Government in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have acknowledged that the emirate has become the world’s first paperless government, thus, achieving the the Dubai Paperless Strategy (DPS) goal.
The decision to embark on paperless strategy was aimed at advancing the inherent socio-economic benefits of digital transformation in the emirate.
According to government officials, the DPS was established in 2018 with a view to realising the digital economy objective in the Arabian country.
The DPS is fully implemented across Dubai, according to local Khaama Press News Agency.
With the succesful implementation of the DPS, no government employee or consumer would be required to print any paper documents or transactions unless they wish to do so. The printing can be done at a variety of locations, including service and typing centres.
The DPS was conducted in five phases, each involving a distinct set of Dubai government organisations.The strategy has been fully implemented throughout the 45 government entities in the emirate.
As the DPS is being executed, over 1,800 digital services and over 10,500 important transactions are provided by these organisations.
ConsumerConnect also reported that Smart Dubai announced the accomplishments of 41 government institutions in implementing DPS, through which it seeks to decrease the use of paper in the emirate to half by the end of the first six months of joining the strategy.
The government said it has continued to record successes in accomplishing its targets of transforming to 100 percent digital economy by the end of 2021.
The disclosure came during a virtual event organised by Smart Dubai.
Those in attendance include His Highness, Abdullah Al-Basti, Secretary-General of the Executive Council; His Excellency, Yunis Al-Naser, Assistant General Manager of Smart Dubai; officials of Dubai Government Corporation.
Others are the general managers of the government agencies participating in the implementation of DPS.
According to Dubai Statistics Center (DSC), the great entities achieved 83.86% reduction in the use of papers, amounting to 232,076,717 as of December 2020.
Medium entities achieved 76.23% reduction, amounting to 10,642,656 papers, while the small entities have recorded 77.30% reduction amounting to 27,179,248 papers.
During the event, Smart Dubai, provided 100% paperless stamp each for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; Dubai Municipality; Dubai Sports Council; and Dubai Census Center.
The paperless stamp is granted to government institutions that accomplished the 100% implementation of DPS. The stamp represents a milestone that manifests their full transformation to entities of full digital transactions and services.
“Dubai Electricity and Water Authority cancelled the consumption of 22 million, 633 thousand and 484 papers which had been used annually in their transactions; Dubai Municipality cancelled the consumption of 20 million, 960 thousand and 743 papers annually; Dubai Sports Council cancelled the use of 408 thousand and 623 papers annually, and Dubai Census Center cancelled 172 thousand and 129 papers used annually for a 100 percent digital transformation,” the DSC said.