TRA launches e-portal for website assessment
Abu Dhabi, November 10, 2013
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said it has launched a brand new e-portal to automatically assess the quality of the UAE federal entities websites.
This comes in line with the TRA's role in the implementation of the UAE e-transformation strategy at a federal level.
The announcement fits into a series of actions and measures taken by the TRA to improve the e-presence of all UAE federal government entities and raise their level of e-readiness while supporting their transformation process into smart government providers, said a statement from the Emirati telecom regulator.
The criteria used by the authority in the assessment process include articles related to ease-of-use, content and other technical aspects of the websites, as well as their overall appearance.
The authority has developed a set of quality standards for websites using the international criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on one hand and the federal website guidelines issued by the UAE General Secretariat of the Executive Council on the other hand, it stated.
The TRA used to apply this assessment yearly; it can now be repeated anytime and whenever needed through the new e-portal.
The new system enables the government entities to perform a self-assessment of their websites at any given time and get a detailed report about their level of compliance to the set standards. The new system helps federal entities to set and implement new development plans to improve their e-presence and achieve the highest quality levels, it added.
TRA director general Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim said achieving progress on the smart and e-government transformation journey requires more co-ordination and truly concerted efforts.
"This appears clearly in the new assessment process of government entities websites as it involves evaluation, consulting, training and on-going exchange of ideas and views," he added.-TradeArabia News Service