700 delegates attend opening of Bahrain e-Gov Forum

MANAMA: The Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, opened the Bahrain International e-Government Forum2015 at the Isa Cultural Centre.

Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah, Swedish former Prime Minister John Fredrik Reinfeldt, Ambassador-Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region Adam Kulach and around 700 delegates from different countries, attended.

Organized by the e-Government Authority (EGA) in association with Bahrain Society of Engineers, Projects Management Institute (Bahrain chapter), and the Youth and Technology Society, the event was attended by Deputy Premier HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, several ministers, members of the Council of Representatives and the Shura Council, senior officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa said ” The forum’s convening this year coincides with the elapse of a decade since the creation of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology and the beginning of government policy and the activation of the transformation to e-transactions and application of best practices in the field of e-government”.

“Bahrain has within a relatively very short period of time made successive accomplishments globally-speaking, by ranking 18th among the United Nations (UN)’s all192 members according to the UN’s country report on e-Government readiness2014 leading European and Asian countries,” he added.

Bahrain hosted numerous UN delegations which came to be benefited from Bahrain’s experience in building capacity of its member countries, which affirms the trust of the international community in Bahrain and its international place attained in this field. Bahrain has been chosen as the first country to embrace the comprehensive visit of several UN-led delegations comprising representatives from countries around the world.

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