Bahrain seeks to boost ICT ties with Sri Lanka
Manama, May 1, 2014
A high-level delegation led by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Sri Lankan Ambassador Anura Rajakaruna visited the eGovernment Authority (eGA) yesterday (April 30).
The visit was within the framework of strengthening bilateral relations between Bahrain and Sri Lanka as well as boosting co-operation within the eGovernment and ICT fields between both nations, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Weeratunga is in charge of the eGovernment programme in Sri Lanka since 2002 and the Sri Lankan President has been personally interested and supportive of the eGovernment programme for more than a decade.
The delegates were received by eGA chief executive Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, vice chief executive Dr Zakariya Ahmed Al Khaja, strategy management and IT process re-engineering director Nezar Maroof Omar and consultant to the chief executive Feras Ahmed Jaffar.
During the meeting, the authority presented Bahrain's eGovernment journey since the implementation of the first eGovernment strategy (2007-2010) and the milestones that have been achieved within the current National eGovernment Strategy 2016.
Furthermore, a number of key projects were presented to the visiting delegates such as the portal revamp project (Portal Plus), the National Suggestions and Complaints System (Tawasul), in addition to other achievements.
The UN Study Tour, organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs for delegates representing 15 countries to benefit from Bahrain's experience, gained particular attention from the visiting delegation.
The delegates, in turn, highlighted the key Sri Lankan initiatives in the field of eGovernment, covering the areas of eSociety, capacity building and developing the private sector.
Both parties concentrated on opening wider horizons of mutual co-operation between the two countries and opportunities to expand the exchange of successful experiences at all levels.
Weeratunga hailed the milestones and achievements of Bahrain in the field of ICT, particularly after the kingdom was selected by the UN as a global model to transfer ICT experiences.
Both parties agreed to arrange visits for stakeholders in Sri Lanka to study Bahrain's eGovernment experience.
The delegates expressed their desire to sign a memorandum of understanding to arrange a visit programme for specialists in the eGovernment sector to develop co-operation and partnership between the two nations. – TradeArabia News Service