“While objectives of the eGovernment National Strategy were set, Green technology was included as a central element to be fulfilled through the development of eServices and the use of environmentally friendly technologies. In previous stages, we contributed to transform government services to electronic in order to reduce modifications, cost of fuel and regulate the volume of paper correspondence through the use of green technologies,” commented Chief Executive Officer of the eGovernment Authority, Mr. Mohamed Ali Al Qaed.
Mr. Al Qaed also pointed out that the eGovernment Authority is keen to abandon traditional service delivery and switch to online mode through the use of environmentally friendly solutions as one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that the Kingdom has actively contributed to in order to accelerate its achievements through the use of green technology.
“The new eGovernment strategy is based on three key dimensions that participate in the preservation of environment. This is achieved by adopting green technology using eliminating emissions associated with traditional transactions by means of adopting green ICT applications and solutions, environmentally friendly technologies, cloud computing applications, and by developing policies, standards as well as eGovernment awareness programs,” he added.
On the other hand, Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja, Director of Policies and Business Processes Re-Engineering Directorate at the eGovernment Authority participated in one of the panel discussions to share the strategic objectives and elements of the National eGovernment Strategy 2012-2016. He focused on the environmental dimensions and the eGovernment plans of enhancing the green environment. The presentation included examples of the eGovernment Authority initiatives in this domain; such as Zajel project (Electronic Correspondence System), Comprehensive Return of Investment (ROI) project which analyzes the business, financial, sociological and environmental benefits of each eservice being developed, including the preserved costs of papers and trees, in addition to highlighting the (eBilling) initiative.
Several governmental entities took part in the event alongside the eGovernment Authority. The Central Informatics and Communication Organization (CICO) shared its green applications; the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) demonstrated the labor market policies and applications in the field of Green ICT, along with other government initiatives that were implemented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF).
Participants in the Greener & Smarter ICT conference included Bahrain’s public and private sector organizations, professional societies and NGOs related to the environment field. The event also attracted a group of ICT experts and specialists from in and out of Bahrain.
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