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GCC to link traffic, business and customs for easy co-ordination

The six members of GCC plan to link part of their traffic, business and customs next month, for easy co-ordination and data exchange.

The e-government ministerial committee in the GCC will formally launch its joint portal next month.

The Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ali bin Saleh Al-Soma, said that the Director General of e-government program, Yesser, said that such a system will help ease exchange of information between nations.

The network will serve GCC nationals directly for all services, without the need to move from one place to another. The services which were reviewed during the meeting include traffic violations, business, corporate establishment services, country-to-country customs, tendering services and mobility services at airports.

The Director General of Central Agency for Information Technology in Kuwait, Abdullatif Surayie, said that a pilot program has been launched to link networks in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The other countries would join the network over the next two weeks, he said.

The Kingdom previously undertook to build a secure e-government network for GCC nations, under a unified traffic system. Saudi Arabia also submitted a proposal for GCC nations to share information in a secure cloud application. The whole initiative aims to reduce time and cost.

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