Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the ICT initiatives were essential for governing. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the ICT initiatives were essential for governing.

The Palestinian Authority is planning to introduce latest communications and information management technology to support national state-building efforts.

The PA will adopt the latest technology in hosted services, cloud computing and networking to provide real-time voice, data and video collaboration across the government network.

The “whole of government” approach, under the leadership of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MTIT), is expected to improve information flow within government, enhance national cohesiveness, and lower operational costs, the MTIT said.

The development is the results of an 11-month feasibility study on public sector modernisation through ICT, conducted by Network Dynamics Associates of Weston, Connecticut, funded by a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, said that ICT has become an “essential service for governing in the information age”.

Mashhour Abudaka, minister of MTIT, added: “We have developed a strategy to modernise public administration to meet the demands of governing in the broadband world. The unified communications system will connect people better, enable real-time communications in government administration, and build unity of effort.”

The new unified communications services will be deployed initially in the West Bank but are designed to improve interpersonal cooperation and collaboration among all Palestinian Authority government departments and public institutions.