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Bahrain's centre of excellence

Bahrain is planning to establish a centre of excellence for eGovernment to serve the country and its neighbours, it was announced.

eGovernment Authority chief executive officer Mohammed Al Qaed said the country is already in talks with the UN on the centre that will help exchange technical and administrative expertise between Arab countries.

He was speaking at the annual meeting of the Strategic Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), part of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in Monterrey, Mexico.

Mr Al Qaed expressed Bahrain's support for the efforts of the UN Strategy Council of the GAID in achieving its goals, noting that the country will seek to link the Arab countries together.

"Bahrain will pass on its experiences and expertise in order to close the digital gap and apply eGovernment systems across the Arab world," he said.

"The centre of excellence for eGovernment will serve Bahrain and its neighbouring countries in order to execute significant technical projects according to the highest international standards."

He said special programmes to enrich Arabic e-content will be implemented to strengthen the presence of Arabs on the worldwide web.

"It will also utilise web tools to encourage the public's participation and allow them to create their own e-content."

Meanwhile, UNDESA assistant secretary-general Sha Zukang welcomed Bahrain and the new members to the council.

In addition to his participation in the forum, Mr Al Qaed will be the chief guest at two high-level meetings at the World Summit Award in Monterrey.

Bahrain has been selected a member of the Strategic Council of GAID over its next two-year cycle due to the effective implementation of its ICT and eGovernment programmes.



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