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Minister of Transport and Communications Launches Qatar Open Data Portal

  • Audience : Government, Business
  • Source : Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC)
  • Topic : Communications and IT
  • Date : April 22, 2019

HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti yesterday launched the Qatar Open Data Portal at an MOTC event attended by the Planning and Statistics Authority Chairman HE Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al Nabet and the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Chairman HE Mr. Hamad bin Nasser bin Rashid Al Misned Al Mohannadi.

Speaking at the ceremony, Al Sulaiti said: "The world today is witnessing a huge and varied collection of data collected daily by public, private or individual organizations for various purposes." Studies have shown the increasing economic value of open data, European data indicates that the free flow of data will boost economic growth across Europe and that the European Union's data economy is expected to reach 739 billion euros by 2020.

Al Sulaiti added that as the Government of Qatar realizes the importance of open data, MOTC launched the Open Data Policy in 2014 to achieve the objectives of national development and Qatar National Vision 2030. The aim is to provide public services efficiently and transparently, build the knowledge-based economy and boost innovation and creativity through an open and transparent culture where knowledge is available and accessible.”

Mr. Hassan Jassim Al Sayed, MOTC Assistant Undersecretary for Information Technology Affairs, said that MOTC launched this portal to publish government data online via a single national platform to streamline public access to data while guaranteeing its quality by making it available in the right format in line with best world practices.

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