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Introduction

The information & eGovernment Authority maintains continual collaboration in the ICT filed with international organizations in its commitment to achieve excellence in the eGovernment filed, and to ensure the provision of new and innovative initiatives for citizens to reach the desired results.

You can find information about the International relations in the ICT field in the below sections.

United Nations (UN)

The relationship between the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) and the United Nations extends since the authority’s establishment in 2007.

What mostly highlights this relationship is the United Nations eGovernment Survey, issued every two years, out-of-which the Kingdom of Bahrain was capable of maintaining top ranks regionally and international within this survey. Bahrain also took the initiative to translate the issued version of 2014 into the Arabic language (PDF, 11.0MB, 284 pages, Arabic only).

The Kingdom hosted the United Nations Public Service Forum, Day and Awards Ceremony 2013 ; making Bahrain the first to host such an international event in the Middle East. It also organized two visits for the UN delegates to benefit from Bahrain’s experience in the eGovernment field by conducting a workshop on United Nations eGovernment indicators for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), along with the Arab Centre for eContent Development workshop.

In addition, the Kingdom has received the UN Public Service Day Award in three categories in 2010; and one category in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It participated at the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum which comprised the discussion of performance indicators and standards laid by the United Nations eGovernment Survey.

For more information about the relationship between the Information & eGovernment Authority and the United Nations click here.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

UN-DESA works closely with concerned governments and entities to assist countries from all over the world to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain hosted, over two consecutive years, United Nations delegates to take advantage of Bahrain’s experience in the field of eGovernment. The program included visits to the authority and several ministries as well as government institutions for the purpose of viewing leading initiatives and projects in the eGovernment and Public Service arenas.

Moreover, the authority had organized a workshop on the UN eGovernment indicators for LDCs with the participation of UNDESA representatives. The workshop revolves around the idea of sustainable development.

The authority took part in delivering a presentation that displayed the outcomes of the Bahrain International Forum to eGovernment experts in New York, where iGA transferred the challenges and recommendations of member states to improve the eGovernment readiness indicator, and add new proposals so that it demonstrates the development of countries and reflects the extent of eGovernment readiness in these countries.

Furthermore, Kingdom of Bahrain hosted the global preparatory meeting of UN-GAID prior conducting it at the headquarters of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2010.

The authority proposed to establish the eNabler and the Africa Capacity Development Center to support the African development and Least Developing Countries (LDCs) in developing their eGovernment while utilizing the eNabler.

Moreover, worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the Bahrain Millennium Development Goals Achievement Report (2010 – 2012).

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Bahrain’s Capital, Manama, was selected as the Capital of Innovation and Arab Entrepreneurs for the year 2014 in collaboration with UNIDO and the Arab Thought Forum; positioning its first fingerprints on the map of entrepreneurship and investment. For that purpose, the city of Manama introduced a set of systems and strategies which empower the entrepreneurs in the economic activity in a way making the Kingdom an investment and economy destination as well as a global financial center.

As the Capital of Innovation and Arab Entrepreneurs, Manama city events and activities calendar comprised a set of programs, forums and conferences that aim at introducing the youth to concepts of entrepreneurship and highlighting the role of the private sector.

The calendar also included the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum – held in April 2014 in its 7th edition - under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak AlKhalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information & Communication Technology (SCICT).

The prominent event witnessed the participation of more than 5,000 persons including the Opening Ceremony and forum sessions, the involvement of 67 speakers, the Bahrain IT Exhibition 2014 together with workshops.

Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

The Information & eGovernment Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) , which contributes in the development of the IT sector and capacity building as well as encourages and attracts the financial capitals and investments in the Kingdom through the exchange of experiences, visits and keeping abreast with the latest projects. In addition to learning the most prominent technical solutions in the ICT, and eService fields.

The authority provides KOTRA with the latest developments of projects, tenders and investment opportunities available through the authority's projects in ICT, eServices and process re-engineering.

This takes place through the creation of a wide informatics database that provides accurate information for local and potential investors. Meanwhile, KOTRA contacts companies and investors in South Korea to present the available opportunities in the Kingdom.  

European Union (EU)

The Information & eGovernment Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Science & Technology International Network (EU-GCC) which organized – for the first time - the participation of a large high-level European Union delegation comprising around 30 commission experts at the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015.

The delegation presented a workshop entitled ‘Horizon 2020 Information Day’ which demonstrated the initiative of one of the biggest research and innovation programs ever with nearly 80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020), in particular due to the expansion seen by the European Union across the globe.

This means that participation is guaranteed for all, regardless of their place of establishment or residence in order for audience to attain the highest value of benefit of such initiative.


Page Last Updated: 11 Sep, 2017