The government of Saudi Arabia places great importance on the concept of eGovernment and the transformative process that its implementation entails. The Saudi Government firmly believes in the enormous benefits the eGovernment project will have on the national economy.
Accordingly, High Order No. 7/B/33181, dated 10/7/1424 (7/9/2003), included a directive to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to formulate a plan for offering government services and transactions electronically.
Transformation to an information society can achieve with comprehensive collaboration and concerted effort. As part of that effort, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC), established YESSER, the Saudi eGovernment program, in 2005.
e-Government Program Goals:
- Raise the productivity and efficiency of the public sector
- Provide better services to individuals, businesses and more easily
- Increase investment returns
- Provide the required information with high accuracy in a timely manner
Supervision over the e-Government Program (Yesser) has been transferred to the National Committee for Digital Transformation which was constituted pursuant to the High Order No. (1/43801560) dated 1/11/1438H, followed by the High Order No. (28696) and 14/6/1439H.
The committee is headed by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology and representative members, whose grade is 15 or its equivalent, from the National Cybersecurity Authority, the National Information Center, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and Planning, and Ministry of Interior. The CEO of the Digitization Unit will serve as member and secretary of the committee.
The committee is responsible for policy-making, creating strategies related to digital transformation in all the public sectors, program planning and ensuring coordination between related initiatives.
Other responsibilities include:
- Supervising the National Digitization Program.
- Approving the annual work plan and all the operational plans related to the National Digitization Program.
- Approving periodic reports on digital transformation prepared by the National Digitization Unit.
- Proposing projects related to digital transformation, and introducing them according to the followed procedures.
- Adopting governance framework for the digital transformation initiatives.
Chairman of the National Committee for Digital Transformation
Member and secretary of the Committee
from the Ministry of Health
from the Ministry of Commerce and Investment
from the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
from the Ministry of Education
from the Ministry of Finance
from the Ministry of Economy and Planning
from the Ministry of Interior
from the National Cybersecurity Authority
from the National Information Center