iGA CE Al Qaed: CE Highlights Role of National Action Charter in Enhancing Bahrain’s ICT Sector14 February 2021
Charter a defining moment that contributed to development and public’s quality of Life Speaking on behalf of all Information & eGovernment (iGA) employees, Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali Al Qaed congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on the 20-year anniversary of the National Action Charter. Al Qaed said that the anniversary recalls the achievements of the Kingdom made possible thanks to the vision of HM the King, including accomplishments in the ICT sector and its unprecedented development over the past few years. This is in addition to the supporting decrees and legislations that contributed to the readiness of the country’s technological infrastructure, and enhanced its ability to meet various challenges, including the current circumstances. He credited the directives of HM the King in adopting modern technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in various fields, and their role in establishing relationships with major technology leaders such as Microsoft and Amazon web Services (AWS). Bahrain made many important strides towards the digital transformation of government services and systems, which helped elevate its reputation regionally and globally. Al Qaed called the National Action Charter a defining moment in the Kingdom’s history, one that that helped achieve wide-ranging development and improved quality of life for citizens and residents. Based on principles of reform and progress, it enhanced the democratic process, supporting freedom of expression and equality between citizens, ensuring education and health and a commitment to economic development and diversified revenue streams. This reflected positively on the Kingdom’s services and products, introducing new systems that contributed to quality of life. He added that this anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the Kingdom’s achievements during this pandemic, which were made possible by HM the King’s dedication to ensuring the health and wellness of all citizens and residents, as well as the efforts of the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus, led by HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister. Al Qaed highlighted some of the Kingdom’s most notable digital transformation achievements during the pandemic, including providing over 500 round-the-clock eServices via the National Portal, bahrain.bh, and the launching of the BeAware Bahrain app, following the vision of HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister. The app facilitated instant access to a range of public health-related eServices, including vaccine registration and certification, while helping the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior contact trace and monitor positive cases. Al Qaed concluded by congratulating the Kingdom’s senior leadership and all of Bahrain on this anniversary, expressing his best wishes for its continued local, regional, and global achievements, calling on all citizens to continue offering their best in service of the nation.