Bahrain claims regional eGovernment lead

Bahrain's government has gone live with an Oracle Corporation eGovernment system which is expected to streamline the operations of 30 government ministries and departments.

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By  David Cass Published  July 8, 2002

Bahrain is claiming a first in the e-government race by putting 30 of its ministries and departments live on the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i. Oracle Corporation, says the move gives Bahrain’s Ministry of Finance and National Economy the regional lead in the project and signals the eGovernment transformation in Bahrain.

The project’s objective is to enable government-wide efficient planning and management of resources including finance, budgeting and procurement. Oracle E-Business Suite has been deployed for all of the 30 Bahrain government ministries and departments using an Application Service Provisioning (ASP) model that is hosted by the Ministry of Finance and National Economy (MOFNE). It is expected that the result will be sweeping productivity improvements in areas like purchasing, supplier relations, accounts payable, budgeting, financial-control, auditing and human resources management.

“Our centralized ASP model implementation of the Oracle E-Business Suite will bring about unprecedented efficiencies across the entire government while offering decision makers accurate, nation wide, up to the minute information.” commented Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance and National Economy, “We have completed this major project in a record time depending largely on internal IT resources at the ministry saving millions of dollars and gaining enormous expertise in the by process, we are very proud of our IT team and our ability to deliver this major contribution to the national economy” he added.

Oracle’s regional vice president for the Middle East, Husam Dajani, said, “This is certainly a unique eGovernment project and the first of this nature to be completed in the region, the Bahrain Ministry of Finance and National Economy is leading again by implementing a fully integrated solution across all government departments. This project will reach employees across 30 government ministries and departments who will see their productivity increase through the use of an integrated easy to use suite of applications.”

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