As part of its commitment to promote sustainable economic growth through technology, Microsoft Bahrain took part in the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum that was held from May 19-21st at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre. The two day event brought together business and technology professionals from the public sector to share ideas and best practices that will help shape the future of e-Government in Bahrain.
Mohammed Al Qaed, CEO, eGovernment Agency said, "One hallmark of today's digital age is new models of collaboration between the public and private sector to deliver improved skills training, access to technology, and funding for new enterprises. Realizing the true economic potential of technology is a critical factor that will help improve national competitiveness, increase social opportunities for citizens and drive economic growth. Today our goal is to work in close partnership with the private sector to help Bahrainis harness the power of technology."
Commenting on the importance of the event, Khalid Lootah, Public Sector Director, Microsoft Gulf said, "Technology has touched millions of lives and played a significant role in fostering economic development across the region. Microsoft aims to empower Bahraini citizens with technology services and tools that will help in nurturing strong local software economies. It is my pleasure to be part of this prestigious forum and is a great opportunity for leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the critical issues they face and create a road map for moving forward together."
The forum also aims to address key issues that face the government today including privacy, security, information management and client uptake. The event serves as a platform for more effective communication among regional government leaders, which will ultimately result in identifying plans and strategies to enhance e-government in the region.
Panel discussions were also held during the event to discuss the future direction of eGovernment and the provision of timely and accurate e-government services to citizens.
Badea Esbai, General Manager, Microsoft Bahrain said, "Today, technology is a key factor for economic, social and technological progress, and for the sustainability of local economies in the region. We hope today's event will help tackle challenges faced by governments and empower decision-makers in the region to develop e-government initiatives that support reform and good governance. Microsoft is committed to partnering with governments in the Middle East to help drive strong economic growth."
The first eGovernment Excellence Award function was also held on the sidelines of the e-Government Forum. The eGovernment Excellence Award program aims to recognize and promote excellence and creativity in the public sector. This annual award highlights how governments can work towards improving the quality of lives in the region.