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Bahrain records 69pc jump in Q3 ePayments

MANAMA, November 9, 2017

Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) recorded a 69 per cent surge amounting to more than BD24 million ($63 million) in ePayments during the third quarter (Q3) of the year as compared to the same period of 2016.

 It recorded a remarkable growth in the number of eTransactions amounting to 28,000 transactions, marking a 51 per cent increase between the third quarter of 2017 and the same quarter of 2016.

Dr Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja, iGA acting chief executive of eTransformation, stated that the government trend in the Bahrain and its government comes in consistent with the outcomes of the Government Forum 2017 held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa – the Prime Minister – and the initiative of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

 The trend towards sustainability of government services is based on the highest standards of quality and efficiency – benefiting the citizen first and foremost. This is what the eServices achieve as demonstrated by their promptly increasing usage.

Dr Zakareya also highlighted that the delivery of government eServices comes in collaboration with numerous entities in order to accomplish requirements of the sustainable development.

The acting chief executive added that the authority seeks to create eTransformation in the society so as to make the completion of services electronically become the first choice for beneficiaries. He continued that such statistics reflect the society’s acceptance of such type of transformation and beneficiaries’ confidence in the eServices provided by the governmental entities – reducing time and effort necessary to complete these services.

Authority statistics indicated that payment transactions completed from January to end of September 2017, in comparison to the previous year, have shown that about 244,000 online payments were conducted via the national portal on with an increase of 44 per cent and a total amount of approximately BD22 million.

 A set of payment services – via the portal – have resulted in a growth in the number of transactions and payments, some of which include the Electricity & Water, Driving School as well as the University of Bahrain services accompanied by the Sijilat system. Such increase is due to the demand by graduate students to obtain the driving license.

During the same period, eTransactions via the applications (available on the Bahrain eGovernment Apps Store) have increased by more than 30,000 online transactions with an amount exceeding BD2 Million – equivalent to 135 per cent of the amounts paid via the applications during the third quarter of 2016.

Total usage of applications by beneficiaries amounted to about 1.3 million user with an increase of 46 per cent in comparison to third quarter of 2017. Most users utilized the ‘eTraffic’ app, ‘EWA’ app, followed by ‘GovEmployee’ since they offer services that are of interest to a large segment of the society.

While the number of visits to the available services on the portal has exceeded by 2,500,000 visits - comprising visits to the services ‘Passport Renewal’, ‘Courts and Cases Services’ as well as the ‘General Directorate of Traffic Services’.

Regarding eKiosks which have developed features of payment services since the launch of the revamped version in May 2016, approximately 7,000 transaction procedures were conducted with a total payment of nearly BD212,000. Most transactions were made to the services ‘Payment of Criminal Orders’, ‘Vehicle Registration Renewal’ along with the ‘Payment of Traffic Contraventions’.

On the other hand, Live Chats - received by the National Contact Center - have more than doubled where over 20,000 instant chats have been responded to. National eGovernment portal users may access the Live Chats when utilizing any of the eServices to request assistance while using the services if needed. – TradeArabia News Service

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