The Qatari economy achieved growth in the second quarter of this year, mainly supported by the non-oil sector, which achieved good rates.
According to a statement issued by the Planning and Statistics Authority, the Qatari economy grew by 4% in the second quarter and on an annual basis.
The Authority stated that the gross domestic product (GDP) based on constant prices decreased by 0.3% on a quarterly basis.
According to Reuters, the gross domestic product of the mining and quarrying sector rose 0.7 percent on an annual basis in the second quarter, while non-mining activities recorded a growth of 6.2 percent.
Accommodation and food service activities saw the largest annual jump, growing by 41%, reflecting a stagnation last year due to restrictions related to the Corona virus.
Transportation and warehousing activities also grew by 26.9%, while the manufacturing sector grew by 13.4%.
In a related context, the World Bank praised Qatar’s efforts towards digital transformation, noting that it is in the first places globally in this field.
The World Bank also said in a report on digital transformation in the public sector: “The State of Qatar came in the first group (A) in two indicators: Public Service Delivery Index (PSDI) and Government Technology Enablers Index (GTEI).
According to the bank’s report, the State of Qatar came in the second group, in two indicators: the basic government systems index and the citizen participation index, according to the information contained in the same report.
The report included a comprehensive overview of the progress made by 198 global economies in providing digital government services, which were classified into four categories based on the maturity of government technology in them.
The report also provided a global overview of the maturation of government technology, along with a variety of examples of practices and guidelines for using technology in public sector services.
Whereas, the Government Technology Maturity Index is a composite index based on 48 main indicators and consists of four sub-indicators. The first indicator is the Basic Government Systems Index (CGSI), and it monitors the government’s approach to digital transformation, through accessing electronic services, the structure of institutions, information systems and financial management.
The second indicator is the Public Service Delivery Index (PSDI), which reveals file transfer services, electronic filing of tax returns, electronic payment methods, and others.
The third indicator, the Citizen Participation Index (CEI), measures the extent of citizens’ participation, and verifies that there are ways to solicit their opinions and ease their use of government electronic portals.