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E-Participation

This section highlights ongoing efforts and initiatives that the Government has introduced in relation to e-Participation. Here, the Government commitment and efforts towards greater citizens engagement and the importance of the citizens' voice are presented through the Government statement on e-Participation and the message for all citizens and stakeholders in the Kingdom. The various government and social media platforms for public consultations for laws, regulations and policies may be found in this section. This includes the Watani Platform, the Kingdoms service evaluation platform, and the Tawasel Platform for engagement and communications with the Kingdom leadership. For entrepreneurs and the private sector information and links to the Private Sector Feedback Platform, and the Fikra online platform, managed by the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority in the Kingdom is available. Lastly, the national guidelines for using e-Participation tools are published.

eParticipation Statement 

Your opinion matters

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, your opinion matters! We recognize the importance of interactive communication and constructive dialogue between the government and citizens, the business sector, and all other parties, as an essential precondition to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030. Digital engagement and participation are of great importance as communication channels that allow you, the citizens to express your ideas, opinions and suggestions on specific topics relevant to our society. The Government is eager to hear your voice and to foster your participation. We count on you to provide us with innovative ideas and constructive suggestions to help us increase the quality of the legislation, policies, strategies, initiatives, and services.

With the increasing demand for comprehensive adoption of e-Participation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sought to utilize the vast telecommunications network and Internet service present in the country to enable you to participate in formulating solutions to issues of public interest. E-Participation is the cornerstone of providing government services centred around citizens’ needs. This comes in addition to utilizing information technology and telecommunications to allow even more community involvement in governance, including the design and implementation of government services, constructing policies, and informing decision-making. For you, this means that you can easily and free of charge share your views and opinions in a secure and reliable way. Our public consultation platforms are designed to protect and preserve your personal data and we apply the highest standards for information security and privacy.

For help or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Your opinion matters! And we look forward to your active engagement and participation in many of our various specialised e-Participation platforms.

Consultations

eConsultations (eParticipation) Regulation

To enable citizens engagement and impose mandatory consultations on new legislative proposals, the Council of Ministers adopted decision No. (476) dated 15/7/1441 H mandating the National Competitiveness Center to establish Rules and Regulations Support Unit in the center to perform the following tasks:

  • Establishing and supervising the unified electronic platform to solicit the opinions of the public and government agencies.
  • Preparing survey forms, evaluating the effects, and circulating them to government agencies.
  • Provide notes and visuals about the results of the survey to the project owner, if it requests it.
  • Awareness and dissemination of the culture of the survey of the importance of participating in evaluating the regulatory effects on the projects of laws and regulations and the like.

For more information, please click here.

Public Consultation Platform for Laws and Regulations

The Public Consultation Platform developed by the National Competitiveness Center seeks your thoughts and views, and the those of citizens and residents, civil society, the public and, private sectors on government laws and regulations. The Platform aims to enable you to share your views and feedback on upcoming legislation and projects related to economic and development affairs in Saudi Arabia.
The Public Consultation Platform contains all current (open) and future (planned) proposals, and encourage you to share your opinion and thoughts on proposals before their approval. You will also find the outcomes of past (archived) consultations on the Public Consultation Platform.
To engage and participate in the current or future legislative public consultations on topics as diverse as (education, health, social protection, employment, environment, justice and human rights, youth and sport, transport and communications, etc.) please visit the Public Consultant Platform.

Public consultations on strategies, initiatives, and services

Government entities are seeking your thoughts and views, and those of citizens and residents, civil society, the public and private sectors on various policies, strategies and initiatives.
You can find more information about our current (open), future (planned) and past (archived) consultations on policies, strategies and initiatives on the website or portal of most government entities and have for your convenience listed them below:


Polls

You can use the many current and future polls to express your opinion. The current and the closed polls conducted by the government entities can found via the following link. Make your voice heard and vote.

Have an Innovative Idea?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes any new and innovative ideas that would serve the best interests of our community. We count on you and your creative ideas to help us realise the ambitious objectives of Vision 2030. Send us your idea using our contact form and the responsible government entity will contact you within 10 working days.

Feedback and Suggestions

Service Evaluation Platform (Watani Platform)

The Watani Platform is a national platform that enabling you, the citizen, resident or visitor to evaluate the services of government agencies. Watani allows you to share your experience of Saudi government services and provide suggestions on how to improve them. Your evaluation contributes to a national dashboard of service performance which is used by officials and decision-makers to improve the quality of government services. We aim to reply to your feedback within 10 working days.

Private Sector Feedback Platform

The Public Sector Feedback Platform is the national platform enabling you, the entrepreneur or private sector representative to provide ideas and feedback on government regulations and processes. Your suggestions are used by officials and decision-makers to improving the business environment and ease of doing business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We aim to reply to your feedback within 10 working days.

Platform for communication with the Leadership (Tawasel Platform)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is keen to provide and facilitate easy access for all citizens to government services. The Tawasel Platform managed by the Royal Court enables you, the citizens, to send your complaint about any government agency that did not provide you with a good quality service. We aim to reply to your feedback within 10 working days.

Platform for engagement with the Small and Medium Enterprises (Fikra (Idea))

The Fikra (Idea) platform managed by the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority enables you and other entrepreneurs and business owners to provide feedback and suggestions to improve the business environment and ease of doing business with small and medium-sized businesses. Your suggestions and ideas are used by officials and decision-makers to minimize administrative burdens for you and to help realize the Kingdoms strategic vision by opening the door for innovation and motivating thinkers. We aim to reply to your feedback within 10 working days.

Social Media Channels

All government entities are using their social media pages to engage with citizens and business. You can subscribe or follow the government entities pages on social media to receive on-time, verified and reliable information. You can also use social media to participate in public consultations, share your views and opinions on different topics, or vote on the current open surveys. You can find the complete list of all government agencies and links to their social media platforms on the following link.

eParticipation measures for women and other vulnerable groups

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia makes all necessary efforts to ensure digital inclusion and digital participation for all its citizens and residents, including vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, women, youth, elderly, migrants, etc. To achieve this goal, the Government ensured meaningful connectivity and specific measures for digital literacy and skills for all individuals, including women and other vulnerable groups, to enable active citizen's digital participation. Specific measures include:

Read more about the specific measures to ensure meaningful connectivity and access to eGovernment services by women and other vulnerable groups and specific measures to build digital literacy and skills for women and other vulnerable groups.

E-participation Counseling for Women and Other Vulnerable Groups

Based on the Kingdom's enthusiasm to preserve the rights of all citizens and residents of all groups, the Kingdom has put in place laws and legislations that protect the less privileged groups of society. The Kingdom has issued legislations related to the rights of women, children, the elderly, people with special needs, the sick and others in the areas of health, education, work, and so on to ensure a decent life for all, which is stipulated in the Basic Law of Governance.

The Kingdom is not satisfied with the legislation previously authorized, but it also enacts new legislations whenever necessary and implements amendments to existing legislations as required. In the era of information technology, it has become necessary to issue new legislation and regulations that suit modern life today, including legislation for the weakest groups in society with regard to electronic participation to obtain the opinions of the public, including these groups, regarding government services, regulations and procedures.

Below, is an overview of a few examples of the publics opinions on consultation laws, regulations, policies, and services, which are aimed at or include women and other less privileged groups in society, such as people with special needs, children, the elderly, immigrants, and others:

In regard to women

In regard to people with special needs

In regard to the elderly

In regard to visitors

For more, visit the Istitlaa platform.

Citizens voice as input for Government decisions

The Government is dedicated to hearing the voice of its citizens. All government entities are obliged to, upon finishing the consultative processes, produce and publish a summary report in which will be provided evidence of how the voice of the citizens was reflected in the new legislation, policy or other decisions.

If you would like to see how the voice of citizens has been heard by government authorities and how suggestions and feedbacks are reflected in new legislation, please visit the Public Consultant Platform. All past initiatives have a summary report of the consultation process and highlight the input from the citizens and other stakeholders, and how it was incorporated in the final version of the legislation. You will find a full overview of finished consultations Online.

Also, if you are interested in learning about how citizen and stakeholder suggestions to past consultations on strategies, initiatives, and services, please visit the past (archived) consultations on the websites of most government entities (for example: Ministry of EducationMinistry of HealthMinistry of Environment, Water and AgricultureMinistry of Human Resource and Social DevelopmentSocial Development BankMinistry of JusticeMinistry of CommerceSaudi Authority for Intellectual Property, and Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO, etc).

A vital factor assisting in government decision making is the contribution of the Kingdom’s citizens, showcased in the form of feedback reports, dedicated to evaluating government portals, services and content, with the aim of utilizing the citizens inputs in order to improve e-services, develop and enhance procedures and add new and innovative products. The following are examples of services that promote the influence of citizens and the role their input plays in the decision-making process of the government:

Women’s and other vulnerable groups voice as input for Government decisions

The input of the women and other vulnerable groups in the consultations and decision-making is very important for the Government and the government entities. As part of the consultation and decision-making process, all government entities are obliged to produce and publish a summary report that will be provided evidence of how the citizens' voice was reflected in the new legislation, policy, or other decisions. These reports also provide a detailed summary if it aims to regulate the rights of the vulnerable groups, i.e., to reflect the position of the vulnerable groups and their representatives (NGOs, associations, etc.), on how this voice was reflected in the new legislation, strategy or policy. 

The outcome of the public consultations and how government authorities have heard citizens' voices, including vulnerable groups, is publicly available on the Public Consultant Platform or the Government agencies portals.

Read more about the specific measures to ensure meaningful connectivity and access to eGovernment services by women and other vulnerable groups and specific measures to build digital literacy and skills for women and other vulnerable groups.

Guidelines for Using the e-Participation tools

To facilitate a culture of engagement in the Kingdom the Guidelines for Using the e-Participation Tools in Saudi Arabia Government Agencies provides instructions and tools for government entities on how to use community participation tools, including social media. It is a result of a collaborative effort between the Digital Government Authority and a wide range of government agencies, academic institutions, private-sector entities, and civil society, whose participation in feedback and expertise was of great importance in accomplishing these guidelines.


Last Modified Date: 24/07/2021 - 3:47 PM Saudi Arabia Time
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