200 new jobs as Bahrain plans contact centre

eGovernment body's 'revolutionary step' to give public better access to services.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  November 21, 2008

The first national contact centre to handle calls from the public about all government-related issues in Bahrain is being set up, with 200 new jobs being created.

The kingdom's eGovernment Authority has announced the initiative, and an initial contract has been awarded to design and build the centre to Bahrain-based strategic consultants BDO Jawad Habib.

Mohammed Al Qaed, CEO of eGovernment Authority said: “The development of a national contact centre is a revolutionary step towards improving communication within Bahrain.”

eGovernment Authority’s vision is to create a modern, world class centre which besides providing customer access to the government services, will also help diversify the kingdom’s economy making it more service oriented.

The contact centre will create more than 200 jobs for young Bahrainis, especially women, who will be trained both in English and Arabic.

The 24/7 contact centre once fully operational, will provide a vast range of services for all government departments including information on locations of various offices, documentation requirements, government procedures, laws and visa regulations.

The announcement of this strategic deal comes soon after the launch of a new web portal name – www.bahrain.bh – designed to make it easier than ever for everyone living and working in Bahrain to access e-services.

The e-portal offers a total of 65 Government e-services, with additional 25 services due to be launched by the end of 2008.

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