March 14, 2015
Manama: The Economic Development Board (EDB) announced today its sponsorship of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2015 which is launching this week under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology.
Ms. Vivian Jamal, Executive Director – Business Development at the EDB said: “Events such as 2015 Bahrain International eGovernment Forum allow the Kingdom to highlight key strategic initiatives and discuss with industry leaders the investment climate and competitiveness of Bahrain, particularly in the ICT sector, in order to develop the sector further”.
“We believe that the Forum will reflect the Kingdom’s achievements and aspirations of building its economy through advanced technologies, and will provide a platform to discuss further areas of improvement in the sector. This which will help ensure further development through targeted economic planning and will result in increased opportunities for investment”.
In cooperation with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the EDB is hosting a business delegation from India comprising of 20 delegates from 15 companies, who will be participating in the Forum and will be meeting their Bahraini counterparts.
During their three-day visit, EDB officials will present the various investment opportunities in Bahrain, along with highlighting the Kingdom’s key competitive advantages and the openness of its economy. Business meetings will also be arranged with Bahraini businessmen and women on the sidelines of the forum.
NASSCOM is India’s main ICT association, with over 1500 members. Activities of the association include setting strategic direction of the industry in India, policy advocacy for the industry growth, spreading best practices, and facilitating international partnerships and affiliation.
The activities of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum are being held under the theme ‘Smart Cities – Beyond Innovation’, which will be held at the Isa Cultural Centre. The event attracts international participation including former Swedish Prime Minister H.E. John F. Reinfeldt who is taking part as a keynote speaker. The European Union (EU) also records active presence with elite delegates headed by Ambassador Adam Kulach, Head of EU Delegation.
The event’s 8th edition will discuss and assess recent ICT issues, making timely strategic course corrections and plan a roadmap for the future. Parallel to the forum, a wide variety of interactive workshops and poster sessions will take place; all carefully-selected to better shape strategies and the implementations across the GCC and international market. The workshops will be held under the supervision of the eGovernment Authority (eGA) alongside strategic partnerships with public and private sectors as well as international organizations.
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