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Bahrain 'tops region in use of social media’

Manama, April 10, 2012

Bahrain is one the most active countries in the Gulf for using social media networks, which have been embraced by residents, NGOs and public and private sector institutions, said a top official.

"Bahrain is considered an active country in the use of social media networks, especially Twitter which has 61,000 active users in Bahrain only - with an average of one tweet per month," said Jordanian government digital director Khalid Al Ahmed.

He was speaking at the Bahrain International e-Government Forum workshop entitled Social Media Hands-On.

Also speaking at the event, organised by Bahrain's Social Media Club, was United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) ICT Applications Section chief Dr Nibal Idlebi.

She spoke about cyber laws and opportunities for improved co-operation among the public and private sector.

"From my personal experience, I believe there is a need for a law to protect personal data like the one the UAE has started implementing," said Dr Idlebi.

Meanwhile, the Bahrain IT Expo 2012, taking place alongside the forum at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, will continue until tomorrow (April 11).

At the event, Saudi-based Rawabi NGNS showcased its "Maktabi" service, offering turnkey one-stop-shop solutions at a flat monthly fee for small to medium enterprises.

"This is a great opportunity to present our brand for the first time to the public, and I am personally very happy that we choose Bahrain IT Expo as kick-off day, as a unique opportunity to exhibit within one of the largest information technology expos in the kingdom," said Rawabi NGNS acting general manager Milan Jovancic. – TradeArabia News Service




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