EGovernment Stage Model: Evaluating the Rate of Web Development Progress of Government Websites in Saudi Arabia
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This paper contributes to the issue of eGovernment implementation in Saudi Arabia by discussing the current situation of ministry websites. It evaluates the rate of webdevelopment progress of vital government websites in SaudiArabia using the eGovernment stage model. In 2010, SaudiArabia ranked 58th in the world and 4th in the Gulf region in eGovernment readiness according to United Nations reports. In particular, Saudi Arabia has ranked 75th worldwide for its online service index and its components compared to the neighbouring Gulf country of Bahrain, which was ranked 8th for the same index. While this is still modest in relation to the Saudi government's expectation concerning its vision for eGovernment implementation for 2010, and the results achieved by the neighbouring Gulf countries such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on the eGovernment index, the Saudi government has endeavoured to meet the public needs concerningeGovernment and carry out the implementation of eGovernmentproperly. Governments may heed the importance of actively launching official government websites - the focus of this study - as the main portals for delivering their online services to all the different categories of eGovernment (including G2C, G2B, andG2G). However, certain Saudi ministries have not given due attention to this vital issue. This is evidenced by the fact that some of their websites are not fully developed or do not yet exist,which clearly impedes that particular ministry from appropriately delivering eServices.
International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications
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