Bahrain launches region’s first e-government solution centre

The new centre supports e-government initiatives across the Middle East; and showcases the importance of open standard technologies.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  May 11, 2005

The Bahrain e-government solution centre has been inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed Ateyatalla Al Khalifa, president of the CIO, Tom Francese, vice president of IBM Software Group EMEA, and Abdulla Ishaq, general manager of Bahrain Business Machines (BBM). The event was also attended by a number of senior officials from the Bahrain government and the Kingdom’s business community. CIO, IBM and GBM have worked closely together over the last two years to build an end-to-end e-government infrastructure for Bahrain on a platform based on open standards. Bahrain is the first government in the Middle East to join a growing number of governments around the world who are adopting open standards for their e-government initiatives in order to benefit from reduced costs and increased flexibility. Standards based technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for modernisation throughout the Bahraini society and CIO believe that this is the best way to move forwards with e-government projects, not only in Bahrain but also in the whole Middle East region. Sheikh Ahmed Ateyatalla Al Khalifa of the CIO says, “We have a unique experience in that we have built our e-government infrastructure on open standards and I am proud to say that it has been a successful project. The establishment of the centre today will allow us to share our experience with other government organisations and enable them to access the latest open standards solutions they can use for their own e-government initiatives.” The Bahrain e-government solution centre will be linked to a network of IBM e-government centres worldwide and will have access to the latest technologies and skills and be able to provide countries in the Middle East with the expertise to deliver real value to citizens as they start to roll out e-government services. According to IBM’s Tom Francese, the new solution centre will provide strategic resources and practical advice and experience to teams working across the public sector in the Middle East. It will also establish a strong link with European and other governments and offer access to best practices and experience from around the world. “This is a great opportunity to build a critical mass of resources for e-government in the region at a time when governments around the Middle East recognise the importance of open standards solutions as the way forward,” he says. The Bahrain e-government centre will become an important step for the integration of the region’s efforts, and a resource that will benefit all governments in the Middle East.

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