Bahrain eGov expertise on display at UAE summit
Dubai, February 14, 2013
Bahrain showcased its eGovernment expertise at a ministerial roundtable discussion during the recent 'Government Summit 2013,' hosted by the UAE government in Dubai.
The government of Bahrain aspires to achieve next generation government excellence through the adoption of the 'eGovernment National Strategy 2016' and help deliver high-quality services effectively, encourage innovation, advocate proactive public engagement, nurture entrepreneurship and collaborate with all stakeholders, said a top official.
The Bahrain eGovernment Authority (eGA) CEO Mohammed Ali Al Qaed was delivering his speech during a ministerial panel discussion held at the 'Government Summit 2013' hosted by the UAE.
Entitled ‘Leadership in Government Service’, the summit was attended by more than 2,000 of governmental service pioneers in the Arab world and the globe. It focused on the means to develop government work and governmental service systems, provide the best of such services to achieve the well-being and comfort of citizens as well as live-up to their ambitions and aspirations.
The eGA participation at the summit comes from Bahrain’s keenness to consolidate its presence in regional and international forums, and to review its pioneering expertise in the field of eGovernment.
The summit hosted several speakers from various countries around the world and specialized research centers in government development. It also reviewed several leading governmental expertise from Canada, Australia, South Korea and Brazil. Moreover, it discussed key future developments in the field of development of governmental services.
“We in the eGA, as a governmental service body, are absolutely convinced that what marks success of our strategy is to reach to the most valuable and important element of our assets, namely the general public, which includes citizens and residents, business sector as well as visitors to our country," stated Al Qaed.
"We have been keen to maintain excellence as a central component of the main objectives of the eGovernment National Strategy 2016 by encouraging greater innovation and entrepreneurship," he added.
The eGA official said the eGovernment is dedicated to encouraging the participation of citizens through its commitment to fund their new creative ideas, and converting their projects into concrete initiatives that can be implemented and launched in the field of eGovernment.
"Among the other means that we have adopted to encourage the participation of the various stakeholders (government, citizens and non-governmental organizations) in the Kingdom is the launch of the Excellence Award which recognizes and rewards creative and innovative projects based on the selection and evaluation of an international jury for each category on an annual basis," revealed Al Qaed.
Such initiative has contributed to encouraging the spirit of competition and drive innovation at the national level,” said the top eGA official.
“Bahrain is highly committed to fulfill its international obligations represented in promoting ICT, eGovernment and innovation in public administration," he added.
Al Qaed extended a special invitation to all the experts and participants at the summit and all UN member states to attend the UN Public Service Awards ceremony being hosted by Bahrain in June this year to celebrate excellence and innovation in the field of public administration.
The other speakers in the meeting included UAE Minister of Public Works Shaikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Moroccan Minister delegate to the PM in Charge of Public Service and Administration Modernization Abdul Azim Karouj, South African Minister of Public Service and Administration Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu and UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs chief of eGovernment Branch Vincenzo Aquaro.-TradeArabia News Service