Bahrain tops Arab world in e-government survey
Manama, June 30, 2014
Bahrain has been ranked top among Arab countries in a UN e-government survey.
It was placed 18th overall of 193 countries included in the UN e-Government Survey 2014, up 18 positions from 2012, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
The country was ranked seventh globally for online service delivery, behind the US in sixth position and ahead of Australia at eighth. It was also the only country in the Middle East apart from Israel to rank "very high" on the e-Government Development Index.
"Within the GCC, Bahrain ranks 18th globally, followed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman," said the report.
"Bahrain has set up a Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology and the e-Government Authority was established to provide direction in developing and implementing a comprehensive e-government strategy."
In terms of "e-participation" Bahrain was placed 14th, up five places from 2012. Bahrain was also classified for the third consecutive time in the top eight in the Global Web Index. - TradeArabia News Service