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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), in cooperation with the Prime Minister's Office, has hosted the first meeting of the Executive Team of Smart Government Services, which emerged from the annual meetings of the UAE Government, launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The team is responsible for assessing the smart services situation in the country, their mechanisms, provision channels, and ways to upgrade them with the aim of developing smart government services and enhancing the competitiveness position of the UAE on global level, to reach the desired goal of making the best of these services in order to achieve customers' happiness.

In his opening speech, Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, Acting Director General of TRA, said: 'We are meeting today in response to the directives H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, in preparation for the first session of the annual meetings aimed at uniting government work as a single system at the federal and local levels, to discuss a development vision for the UAE's centennial 2071, based on the historical lecture of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which addressed the future generations in March.'

Concerning the business facilitation project, H.E. Al Mesmar said: 'This project has been highlighted due to its importance in light of the next phase features. We recall the launch of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the end of the first phase of the smart government 2015, a set of future directives that must be implemented collectively. It includes the quality, connectivity, satisfaction and utilization. If we add to these elements the principle of economic sustainability, which is at the core of the current Future Government's policy, we would recognize the exceptional importance of facilitating business establishment as a practice that enhances UAE leadership as well as the good reputation of our country on the global level, and contributes to our country's central position on the global investments map.'

The topics of the digital economy, the interdependence and integration of infrastructure, smart cities and internet of things, big data and its analysis, and smart applications are the most important current global trends that determine the quality and future of smart services.