eGovernment Authority (eGA) CEO Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed announced the intensive preparations currently being witnessed by the Kingdom for hosting the 7th Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2014 & Bahrain IT Expo 2014; which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT); at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Bahrain International Circuit from 21st – 23rd April.
The announcement was made during a press conference held by the forum’s Organizing Committee which declared that the anticipated event is organized by the eGovernment Authority; in collaboration with Bahrain Internet Society (BIS), Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE) and Project Management Institute – Arabian Gulf Chapter (PMI-AGC).
During the conference, Al Qaed highlighted that the forum is considered as one of the key gatherings on the ICT calendar and that the authority will strive this year to feature the forum with new and comprehensive visions and themes, with the most up-to-date trends in the field of technology, along with the latest developments in this sector.
The three-day packed with activities forum will begin with the official launch during the first day, followed by tailor-made sessions that start at noon on April 21st and end at 5:00PM. The sessions are prearranged to address key issues such as Smart Government, Mobile Trends, Big Data, Future Cities, along with other vital themes.
The second and third day, 22nd and 23rd April, will include the Bahrain IT Expo 2014 along with eight specialized workshops that are under the supervision and follow-up of eGA; yet formed by NGOs, professional institutes, international organizations, as well as 40 keynote speakers and experts from across the globe.
The forum will also coincide with the announcement of the eGovernment Excellence Award 2014, where winners are to be awarded by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed. A corner, at the forum, will be designed to showcase the winning projects; along with the participating NGOs in the organization process.
Bahrain Internet Society President and Organizing Committee Chairman Mr. Nawaf Abdulrahman expressed his pride in this continued cooperation with the eGA in organizing the event. He also pointed that content-rich workshops will be extended to 16 hours per workshop – conducted over a span of two days. Workshops will discuss the future trends and the best practices in topics such as eGovernment Success Stories, Mobility, IT Governance, eContent Management, Entrepreneurship and ICT Innovation Forum, Social Media Toolkit, Agile Business Analysis and Improvements, as well as Leadership in Information Technology.
PMI-AGC Corporate Liaison Director and Forum’s Sponsorship and Exhibition Committee Head Ahmed Naeemi outlined the major plan for the IT Expo, especially with the increase in floor plan space to double. He urged companies and concerned entities to take part and book official sponsorships for the several prepared events. As each year, the forum gathers several leading exhibitors – being representatives of the public and private sectors. For further information on the exhibition, please visit the expo website itexpo.bh.
This year, the forum will showcase the latest developments in the eGovernment, ICT, as well as exchange of regional and international experience in areas of services and information technology. Additionally, it seeks to enhance the internal and external relations by fostering and cementing government and private partnerships, NGOs together with international organizations and meeting officials from several states, organizations and companies associated with the ICT industry.
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