Dubai: In one of the biggest data collaborations in the region, the ‘UAE Government Development and the Future Office’ and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC) have partnered with American multinational technology conglomerate and Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc (Meta) to launch the “Driving Data for Good” initiative.
Envisioned as part of the “Future Partnerships” initiative, the Driving Data for Good program is expected to optimize decision-making and design initiatives that would enhance the country’s future-readiness.
The initiative intents to utilize Big Data in supporting government efforts for designing initiatives, projects and services capable of realizing the people’s aspirations and assessing their impact on social wellbeing.
Through its program, Meta will introduce multiple innovative tools and will offer real-time aggregate public data related to various sectors such as traffic, demographics, social media use, start-up distribution, among others.
The provided data will not be differentiated as personal or private to ensure individuals’ privacy.
Commenting on the occasion, Ms. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Government Development and the Future pointed out that the initiative reflects the government’s role as a platform for building and promoting innovative partnerships with various actors to shape the future.
The initiative further reflects the UAE’s approach to concluding partnerships with mega players worldwide, thus enhancing the efforts of shaping the future and developing the government work ecosystem using state-of-the-art tools and solutions, Ms. Al Roumi observed.
Ms. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi further added while noting that the UAE government is keen to adopt this technological tool to better serve society, while securing individual privacy in the digital world, she noted.
The UAE Minister emphasized that the collaboration with Meta comes within an innovative project to support policy-making, services and projects design, and impact assessment, using their tools and in partnership with the FCSC. The new initiative is expected to promote the quality of government decisions, enhance the effectiveness of government policies, and drive innovation in designing initiatives that improve future readiness, raise performance efficiency and positively affect society.
Ms. Hanan Ahli, Acting Managing Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre observed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ahli Azzam Alameddin, Public Policy Director, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Meta stated that, “through this collaborative partnership with Meta and its efforts, I strongly believe we can drive progress, ignite social change, and accelerate the implementation of the nation’s digital transformation. We can support the fulfilment of the sustainable development goals and realize our leadership’s vision in the UAE becoming one of the best countries in the world by 2071.”
“We are truly excited to be embarking on this strategic partnership to expand Meta’s Data for Good in the UAE and help grow the academic and research ecosystem in support of the national agenda of the ‘Projects of the 50’,” the Meta Official added.