Second GCC eGovernment priorities workshop concludes

The conclusion of the second workshop on Gulf e-government priorities<br />

Manama, July 10 (BNA): The Information and e-Government Authority concluded the second workshop on e-government priorities in the GCC countries. This event came within the framework of continuous coordination between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in line with the recommendations of the first workshop and with the aim of supporting the efforts of the Gulf e-Government Executive Committee. common strategies.

Dr. Zakaria Al-Khaja, Vice President of the Information and eGovernment Authority for Electronic Transformation, said that digital transformation, e-government, and technology adoption initiatives have greatly contributed to strengthening the position of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as a regional leader in the Middle East in e-government readiness, as indicated in the reports of the United Nations United. This has also affected the promotion of the information and communication sectors in the GCC countries regionally and globally. Dr. Al-Khaja highlighted the successful approach taken by the GCC countries in recent years, especially during the pandemic period, which enabled them to accelerate the digital transformation of many government services and provide them through multiple digital channels.

The Vice President of the Information and e-Government Authority (iGA) praised the recommendations put forward by the participating Gulf entities concerned with the development of digital governments and information and communication technology (ICT). This reflects a commitment to achieving greater prosperity and development through digital transformation and the deployment of advanced technologies based on well-thought-out strategies and policies in the Gulf region.

The participating delegations also expressed their sincere appreciation to the Kingdom of Bahrain, stressing the efforts made to organize the sessions of the second workshop.

The workshop concluded with a set of recommendations, including the importance of developing a strategic study to enhance the sustainability of the services provided by the Gulf e-portal. They also agreed to unify high-level digital government strategies and to study initiatives to exchange digital identity data. The workshop participants also agreed to study the possibility of a unified work methodology across the GCC countries, to serve as a benchmark for the United Nations and support hosting government services in the cloud computing environment (Cloud-First), as well as benefiting from artificial intelligence applications.

Participants highlighted the importance of joint efforts towards mechanisms that will enable the GCC countries to measure the development of digital transformation policy and strategy, and implement digital projects, including electronic services, applications and advanced systems. These efforts facilitate access to government services for all segments of society, improve their quality of life and support efforts to attract investment to the economies of the region.

Among the main recommendations is the importance of benefiting from the experiences of countries that were presented during the sessions on the digital transformation of government services. This is expected to enhance and support the continuous development and growth of Gulf digital entities.

The workshop discussed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s cooperation with the private sector as a key factor in developing government services through partnership between the public and private sectors to support digital transformation programs and initiatives in the region.

The participants in the workshop stressed the need to continue developing and updating systems that facilitate electronic integration and support data exchange, and to study support for electronic payment services used in settling fees and other financial obligations.


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