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The eGovernment Authority becomes the strategic partner of the 5th IT Symposium

Bahrain: Tuesday, November 13 - 2012 @ 10:07

Held from 12 – 13 November 2012, the event encompassed the participation of IT leaders and experts, along with a number of distinguished speakers in the field of ‘smart technology’.

This participation came as a confirmation to the authority’s keenness in supporting technology initiatives in various sectors and investing in youth talents and innovations, particularly in the academic sector. Notably, the authority had previously developed five smart-phone apps in cooperation with students from the university.

During the symposium, eGA Services Delivery and Channels Enhancement Director Feras Jaffar Ahmed showcased the authority’s experience through its offered Smartphone applications; while pointing out its keenness in delivering eServices that meet the needs of individuals, government and businesses through a variety of channels and based on the latest smart technologies. The eGovernment National Strategy reflects commitment to innovations; accordingly, a number of initiatives were launched and Open Data platforms were created in order to inspire the spirit of innovations which will contribute in developing a range of services and applications, particularly within the rising diffusion of Smartphone applications.

In his presentation, the director illuminated that within the rising reliance on Smartphones, eGA responded to this trend by paying attention to such mobile means, being the new interface of communication and media. He also added that the authority launched a set of new mobile GPS applications, electronic services and facilities to be linked with stakeholders in order to maintain fast and secured exchange of information. Based on the new strategy, 10 new mobile apps will be annually developed which will raise the uptake of 10% of all transactions by 100%, this come as part of the initiatives to be launched over the next four years.

The two-day event was accompanied by an exhibition where participating companies and organizations displayed their key ICT products; while the authority’s stand at the event presented the eGovernment mobile apps, in addition to its plans and programs to support and develop youth’s innovations.

The eGovernment Authority is currently offering 249 eServices and the figure is anticipated to reach up to 265 eServices by the end of 2012, it also offers seven mobile apps for various governmental services via several Smartphone operation systems.

Under the theme ‘Introducing, encouraging and practically applying Smartphone applications’, the 5th IT Symposium aims to give an overview on Smartphone applications, their usage in practice as well as nurture the culture of smart technology and its influence on everyday life. The first day of the event focused on the technical aspects of Smartphone apps, while the second day addresses the impact of such applications on our social life.

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