eGovernment Authority (eGA) Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mohammed Ali AlQaed attended alongside the Bahraini delegation an honoring ceremony organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York on 26th September, 2015.
The ceremony will honor HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, with the ‘ICTs in Sustainable Development’ Award for the extensive contributions the Kingdom of Bahrain has accomplished following the directions and leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the ICT sector.
The Bahraini delegation comprises HE Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed AlKhalifa – Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed – Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, HE Faeeqa bint Saeed AlSaleh – Minister of Social Development, Shaikh Hussam bin Isa AlKhalifa – President of HRH Premier’s Court, along with eGA and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) representatives.
“Granting HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa with this ICT award is certainly an honor for all of us; as it is for the first time rewarded to a prime minister. Such verdict came about as a result of the openness that has been pursued with the reform project launched by His Majesty and the exerted efforts of Bahrain’s government led by HRH the Prime Minister to utilize ICT for the accomplishment of sustainable development. Such openness has reflected the success of the eGovernment program, enabling it to become a role model on a global level,” commented AlQaed.
“Today, the international community looks up to Bahrain as one of the advanced countries in the ICT sector. Hence, with the substantial support towards this sector and HRH constant guidance to establish the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT), chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister. With the ample provision of SCICT, the Kingdom was capable of reaching high levels within the ICT field and offering advanced electronic services with the highest efficiency level which are reflected on citizens’ usage towards such services and resulting in raising the customer satisfaction indices,” continued eGovernment Authority CEO.
Amid such occasion, the eGovernment Authority will organize – during the upcoming days – a press conference to present the long historical relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Nations; covering a variety of important sectors like telecommunications, eGovernment, and social development.
The eGA and UN relationship, which goes back to more than five years, had strengthened following the UN visits to the Kingdom to explore its pioneering experience in the eGovernment field, the exchange of international practices, as well as the holding of various international events that had hosted a group of global experts. Furthermore, Bahrain had attained an honoring achievement in the UN eGovernment Report ranking it at first position amongst the Arab region within the eGovernment readiness.