A new ICT strategy to improve the efficiency of government services, says Minister | THE DAILY TRIBUNE

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The new ICT and digital economy strategy, Transport and Telecommunications Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed said, will pave the way for increased efficiency of government services through e-transformation, digitalization documents, shifting to electronic payments and expanding the use of Artificial Intelligence, while strengthening public-private partnerships.

The strategy calls for developing telecommunications infrastructure, supporting the digital economy, strengthening online governance and developing digital capacity.

The minister said there are key performance indicators to measure its success by 2026.

The Economic Recovery Plan provides for the development of the ICT sector in the Kingdom in line with the overall development goals led by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The ICT sector continues to receive support from the government, led by HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, as part of Bahrain’s comprehensive economic vision 2030.

Director General of the Information and e-Government Authority, Mohamed Ali AlQaed, said the iGA will improve e-governance through different initiatives.

iGA plans to implement digitization initiatives, develop electronic key services, launch unified applications, develop data portals, improve public electronic systems and adopt the latest technologies to conduct surveys census.

Shaikh Salman bin Mohamed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center, said the center will launch the National Cybersecurity Strategy to provide the tools needed to achieve cybersecurity and data protection related goals.

Labor Fund (Tamkeen) EC, Hussain Mohammed Rajab affirmed the importance of capacity building and investment in human capital to drive the strategy.

“Tamkeen will continue to upskill Bahraini nationals through specialized programs, partnerships with the private sector and the promotion of research and innovation while introducing new concepts into existing programs and increasing the number of graduates. “, Rajab said.

Nibras Mohammed Ali Talib, deputy undersecretary for commerce and business registration at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, said the strategy aims to make the Kingdom a regional e-commerce hub.

He listed the initiatives launched, including the e-commerce center and the e-marketplace in the business registration system.

Ashley C. Reynolds