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United Nations Praise Bahrain's Recommendations of Next UN eGovernment Index
Source: Ame Info, http://www.ameinfo.com/united-nations-praise-bahrains-recommendations-un-322014
Source Date: Monday, December 10, 2012
Focus: E-Procurement
Country: Bahrain
Created: Dec 13, 2012

eGovernment Authority Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Ali Al Qaed raised the recommendations and outcomes concluded by Bahrain's Global eGovernment Experts Workshop during his participation in an exclusive meeting organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
The workshop was held recently with the attendance of 17 countries representing every region in the globe along with UN experts and other international organizations.

During his presentation, Al Qaed thanked UNDESA for their support in organizing the workshop which was held for the first time in the experts' group history, and comprised representatives from member states who raised their suggestions and challenges to the concerned expert committee.

Al Qaed added, "The main objective behind the workshop was to transfer the global experience in the eGovernment readiness field and benefit from the report as a tool to develop countries and serve the public."

"The participated experts of the workshop confirmed the importance of developing and expanding the UN eGovernment indicators in order to ensure that evaluation and measurement of the developing countries is accurately performed," stated Al Qaed.

"During the Global eGovernment Experts Workshop, experts stressed on the significance of developing and expanding the scope of the UN eGovernment Indexes which will more accurately determine the level of each country assessed in accordance with the most comprehensive set of indicators that are aligned with the nature of each state," stated Al Qaed.

During the meeting, organized 4th - 5th December this year by UNDESA at the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) in the United States, the participating attendees displayed their appreciation of Bahrain's pioneering initiative to host such workshop that proposed a range of concepts and visions, which play an important role in developing and adopting the UN eGovernment indexes; especially that it is the first initiative of its kind - established to benefit the 193 member states and will undoubtedly contribute in issuing the United Nations' 2014 future survey.

A number of attended experts declared that their participation positively impacted in enhancing their presence and suggestions; as it gave them a better understanding of the UN measurements (especially that most of the suggestions were agreed on by the attendees), and the scheme to work on developing an appropriate mechanism in order to implement them in the future.

In conclusion, experts stressed the need to hold a conference every two years - one similar to Bahrain's Global eGovernment Experts Workshop - that would represent various geographic areas from around the world including UN member states.

They also welcomed Bahrain's proposal in allocating a website for the workshop so as to post and exchange concepts as well as proposals related to the eGovernment UN Ranking.

Meeting participants also applauded the eGovernment Authority (as the representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain) on the grounds that Bahrain is the first country in the Middle East to host the upcoming United Nations Public Service Awards and Forum, set to take place in Manama on 24-27 June next year.

Such initiative presents the efforts exerted by the Kingdom in attracting elite decision-makers and professionals on regional and international levels.
eGovernment Authority CEO Mohammed Ali Al Qaed during the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) meeting in New York.
eGovernment Authority CEO Mohammed Ali Al Qaed during the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) meeting in New York.
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