The eGovernment Authority held a consultative meeting between the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Ministry of Education, with the UN representatives, who specialize at the preparation and supervision of the United Nations E-Government Survey, in order to examine ways to further develop the main indicators in relation to these entities in the report.
Held at eGA premises, the meeting was attended by Mr. Richard Kerby, Senior Inter-Regional Advisor on e-Government at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Muhammad Yusuf Bin Ali, Director, Market & Competition Directorate acting as TRA’s representative, Nawal Ibrahim Al-Khater Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Information for the Ministry of Education, along with eGA’s representatives including the CEO Advisor Mr. Feras Jaafar Ahmed.
As to the TRA , the meeting discussed several key points relevant to the telecomunication infrastructure index (TII) in the survey that has direct impact on the eGovernment Development Readiness Index. In 2014 survey, Bahrain’s has achieved remarkable developments for its TII being ranked 26th globally compared to its ranking 63rd in the 2012 report. In addition, TRA presented its latest developments in the TII by showing the significant growth in terms of percentage of internet users, wireless broadband subscriptions, in addition to other indexes.
On the other side, representatives of the Ministry of Education discussed the Human Capital Index (HCI) in which the Kingdom has been ranked 58th globally in 2014 survey compared to its rank 90th in the previous report. Moreover, supplementary indicators such as adult literacy, gross enrolment ratio, expected years of schooling, and mean years of schooling been discussed during the meeting , in addition to other indexes in relation to the Human Capital Index. The UN representatives stressed on the importance of updating both telecommunication infrastructure and human capital data in coordination with concerned international organizations in regular basis.
Participants of the meeting also discussed the best mechanisms that need to be adopted to develop Bahrain indexes as per the standards set by the UN in the mentioned report in order to ensure that all Bahrain’s milestones and achievements are reflected in the future reports.
The UN representative held several meetings last week with eight government entities to discuss how to improve their indexes in the key areas to be assessed by the report and related to them, especially for the Online Service index in which Bahrain has retained its leading ranking 7th globally for the third year.
All the meetings have been organized in-line with the launch of the Arabic edition of the UN eGovernment Survey 2014 by the UN and in cooperation with the eGovernment Authority during the mid of October this year in Kingdom of Bahrain.
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