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Bahrain Receives 3 Awards for the Best Performance in the eGovernment Arena
Source: eGA, press team
Source Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government, Institution and HR Management
Country: Bahrain
Created: Jun 30, 2010

At the United Nations Public Service Day 2010 in Barcelona:
Bahrain Receives 3 Awards for the Best Performance in the eGovernment Arena

The Kingdom of Bahrain won three prestigious awards from the United Nations at its Public Service Day 2010 held in the city of Barcelona, Spain. The Award came as an appreciation of the Excellent performance of the Kingdom of Bahrain in eGovernment, and the implementation of pioneer projects and programs in public service, highlighting Bahrain’s effective contribution to the development of public administration.

His Excellency Minister of Cabinet Affairs Shaikh Ahmed bin Atteyatallah Al Khalifa received the three awards granted to Bahrain for its eGovernment Portal in the category of (Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the public service), the eGovernment Authority Enterprise Architecture Project that won in the category of (Advancing knowledge management in government). The Kingdom of Bahrain also won the Excellence Award for the best performance that is specified for (positive change) within the top 20 countries worldwide according to United Nations Report for eGovernment Readiness 2010.

The Awards were presented to the winning countries during a ceremony held at the conclusion of UN Public Service Day 2010 attended by ministers and officials from all over the world. The event continued for three days in the city of Barcelona in Spain to discuss the role of the public sector’s institutions in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

On this occasion, His Excellency Shaikh Ahmed bin Atteyatallah Al Khalifa expressed his gratitude and congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander for this global achievement fulfilled by the Kingdom of Bahrain.

His Excellency stated that: The Kingdom of Bahrain through the eGovernment programs and initiatives was able to draw international attention in the field of ICT due to having all the potentials which would enable the country to be a leader in the egovernment field at a global level. All these achievements are supported by the country’s wise leadership which led to this significant amount of awards and appreciation during the UN Public Service Day for egovernment projects.

The Minister of Cabinet affairs confirmed that such important awards from big organizations like the UN is evidence for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s keenness to occupy a leadership position in egovernment and ICT. He pointed out that Bahrain had all the capabilities including qualified and skillful human resources and infrastructure in addition to the ranking obtained by Bahrain according to the UN Report for eGovernment Readiness2010 where Bahrain became No. 13 worldwide, 3rd in Asia and 1st at the Arab, Gulf and Middle East levels.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Atteyatallah Al Khalifa revealed that work is currently in process to prepare a new national strategy for eGovernment for the period from 2011 to 2016 and stated that it would be ready by end of this year.

The new strategy shall determine the main projects and action plan for next phase for the eGovernment in order to ensure high quality service which would satisfy the needs of the public.

Overview of the winning Bahraini projects:

1- The Excellence Award for Best performance (positive change) amongst the world top 20 in the UN eGovernment Readiness Report 2010: Bahrain reached No. 13 globally in 2010 report and it was ranked No. 42 in 2008. It has leaped 29 positions globally. Bahrain reached third in Asia, first at the Arab, Gulf and Middle East level.

2- Online eGovernment portal on the internet in the category of (Improving transparency, accountability and effective response in the public service): an integrated and comprehensive electronic portal (www.bahrain.bh) supervised by the eGovernment Authority (EGA) through which all Bahraini government entities are providing more than 150 electronic services 24 seven and these services shall reach to 200 electronic services by end of this year.

3- The Enterprise Architecture Project (Advancing knowledge management in the government): A project aimed at forming a strategic framework comprising all government ministries and institutions to unify policies and procedures among them when implementing ICT projects. In addition to the information systems and databases among various governmental entities under one umbrella serving the eGovernment processes.

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