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Deputy Premier opens Bahrain International e-Government Forum and honours winners
Source: Bahrain, News Agency, http://english.bna.bh/?ID=87186; Breitbart, http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=upi20100517-230003-7761&show_article=1
Source Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: Bahrain
Created: May 17, 2010

"Bahrain e-Government portal has won in the category of "Improving Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in the Public Service", Deputy Premier and head of the Supreme Informatics and Telecommunications Committee Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa today announced. He was speaking as he patronized the opening ceremony of the Bahrain International e-Government Forum 2010. Bahrain e-Government Authority hosted the event at the Isa Cultural Centre with Bahrain Society of Engineers and Project Management Institute-Bahrain branch. Shura Council president Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh attended along with ministers, senior officials, diplomats and foreign e-Governments officials. The National Institutional ICT Infrastructure Project has also won an award in the category of "Advancing Knowledge Management in Government". "The landmark achievements of the Bahrain e-Government Authorities over the last three years are in line with the 2030 Economic Vision launched by His Majesty King Hamad", Shaikh Mohammed said. The long-term blueprint aims at projecting Bahrain as prominent centre for foreign investments. Shaikh Mohammed also outlined Bahrain's landmark strides in promoting e-Government reach. Citing updated figures, he pointed out that the number of e-services at the disposal of surfers topped 151 out of a targeted 200. The number of mobile phone services also rose to 45 out of an overall 55. A total of 15 e-services centres and 35 e-Kiosks have also been installed countrywide to date. Shaikh Mohammed also announced the launch of the new national e-Government Strategy for six years to come. He then honoured the winners of the 2010 e-Government Excellence Awards. The ministries of municipalities and agriculture, health and works have clinched the best e-Service Award. The ministries of interior and works and the Eskan Bank have won the best e-Developed Ministry Award. The best e-project was awarded the Social Development Ministry, the Electricity and Water Authority and the Interior Ministry. The e-Economy Award went to the Industry and Commerce Ministry, The Economic Development Board, Gulf Air and Bahrain Duty Free. Bahrain Institute of Public Administration, Toot translation engine, The Kingdom University-Bahrain and the Arab Open University won the best e-Learning Award, while Shura Council and the Culture and Information Ministry clinched the best e-Content prize. Credimax won the top prize for best supplier of technical solutions. Other awards were also announced.
A H N BNA 1934 GMT 2010/05/17

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