DUBAI, 11th November, 2018 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates Government launched today, a guiding framework to enable a secured and integrated data environment. The step comes in line with the Government’s efforts to adopt the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and execute one of the 4IR Protocol pillars. Last year, the UAE Government announced the commencement of the work on the 4IR pillars, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum, under the activities of the Annual Meetings of the Global Future Councils.
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future and Co-chair of the Global Future Councils, stressed that the UAE Government is launching this guiding framework in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enable a digital environment that can adopt the 4IR technologies in the government.
Al Gergawi highlighted that the UAE Government is setting a new future approach through inventing the execution tools required to institutionalize the 4IR adoption process, and employ it in transforming future project into reality, which will positively impact communities.
He further added that ensuring a secured and integrated environment for data represents a main milestone in the success of future governments, as they will be able to leverage the enormous potentials of “big data”. He stressed that this provides future governments with vital inputs that empowers them to develop their tools, work approaches and means of interaction.
The guiding framework for enabling a secured and integrated data environment is an important and essential tool to achieve the objectives of the 4IR Protocol. It also supports the 4IR Governance Agreement signed between the UAE Government and the World Economic Forum last January. The agreement aims at promoting mutual cooperation on the 4IR Protocol, setting organizational and legal frameworks to secure the 4IR sectors data governance; and developing mechanisms to adopt the 4IR tools and technologies.
The agreement further focuses on providing an integrated and secure data environment, where governments can ensure the privacy of community members. The Protocol itself, meanwhile, promotes values and ethics among the generations of the future to guide their use of data and applications of the 4IR as a means to address the challenges of the future and improve wellbeing.
In November 13th, 2017, the UAE Government launched the developmental works of the 4IR Protocol, in line with the second annual meeting of the Global Future Councils. The 4IR Protocol establishes a robust, integrated and secure data environment to embrace the 4IR and address the challenges it brings along. It catalyses the development of instruments and procedures to help governments seamlessly transition towards these avant-garde technologies, all the while setting policies and legislation to govern 4IR sectors – particularly, big data.
The Protocol embodies the UAE’s strategic vision for the 4IR, namely establishing the UAE as a world hub welcoming the drastic transformations of the 4IR, and an open laboratory for experimenting with its advanced technologies. The Protocol revolves around three main pillars: establishing an integrated and secure environment for data; formulating the policies and legislation to govern the 4IR diverse sectors; and promoting the values and ethics of the 4IR.