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GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee plans shared services

GCC eGovt Ministerial Committee meets in Bahrain, discusses shared services and security

GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee plans shared services
Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior for Bahrain chaired the fifth GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee meeting.
GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee plans shared services
The fifth GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee meeting took place in Bahrain.

The GCC eGovernment Ministerial Committee has met in Bahrain, to discuss shared e-services for the GCC and progress on joint cybersecurity initiatives.

The meeting, which was chaired by Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Interior Minister of Bahrain, approved five joint e-services, which will be developed by the GCC member states for the benefit of citizens.

The joint services include e-passport gates for GCC nationals at GCC airports; an electronic entry visa for companions of GCC citizens; establishment and management of commercial activities owned by GCC nationals; exchange of traffic violation data between GCC countries, and and pension and retirement services for GCC citizens.

At the meeting the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) launched a website tracking solution, ‘IP Reputation', which will be used by member states to track suspicious websites, and enable the computer emergency response teams (CERT) of the GCC to monitor such web addresses.

The meeting, the fifth meeting of the committee since its foundation, also endorsed the information security strategy for GCC member states.

The Ministerial Committee meeting discussed the recommendations of the GCC eGovernment Executive Committee from its meetings at the start of March, which highlighted several topics related to e-government and IT in cybersecurity and information emergency response, as well as issues of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and joint e-services between GCC countries.

The committee also reviewed the first phase of the pilot e-government strategy, and discussed second phase. A report on the latest e-government achievements of the GCC was also initiated.

Opening the meeting, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said that the achievement of the Gulf countries in e-Government was reflected in the high rankings achieved by the GCC in the latest UN report on e-government readiness, which was an honour for all of the executives and ministerial committees, and reflected the support of the wise leadership of the GCC.

Lieutenant-General Shaikh Al Khalifa also stressed the importance of co-ordination on cybersecurity efforts.

"Although many implemented joint initiatives represented the priority of the e-government strategy, you are aware of the ongoing cyber attacks against the GCC system, therefore there is a need to develop our e-systems to face e-security challenges and work harder through coordination between GCC countries to protect the security of information," he said.

"Today we feel the results of such efforts by the approval of the GCC Safety and e-Security Strategy, while we stress the importance to continue our cooperation and coordination with other security authorities to tackle cyber crimes, as they are now an international growing industry."

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