IT panel analyses 291 projects worth BD133m

 The IT and Telecommunications Governance Committee studied 6,704 procurement demands and scrutinised 291 projects valued at BD133 million over the past three years.

This came as Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa chaired remotely the 20th meeting of High Committee for Information Technology and Telecommunications.

The virtual session shed light on the achievements of the IT and Telecommunications Governance Committee, which was first established in 2011 to review the government’s strategic projects and IT procurements.

It spearheaded the shift to cloud computing at 72 government entities which slashed operational costs by 80 per cent, reduced the provision of IT infrastructure by 60pc and trained 750 Bahrainis on cloud computing.

The committee has also endorsed policies, standards, and guidelines that contributed to raising efficiency, reducing the costs of IT contracts, developing systems, applications, websites, using printing devices, and purchasing computers.

The virtual session also highlighted the IT shift achievements in 2021 in line with the Government Action Plan (GAP) to enhance the efficiency of the public sector by optimising the use of modern technologies.

A total of 563 of government services have so far been digitised and eight national systems were launched to support the e-transformation of government work.

These efforts resulted in saving 86pc of government costs and 77pc of the time taken to complete transactions.

The volume of payments processed through electronic channels doubled to more than BD498m through a total of .7m transactions.

The national portal and self-service platform have also been upgraded to facilitate access to government services in an easy and secure manner.

An integrated digital government system was also developed to deal with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic through BeAware application.

The Deputy Premier thanked the committee and its members for the efforts and achievements of the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA).

The committee reviewed the outcomes of the Microsoft agreement to provide software, cloud computing systems and technical support to all government agencies.

The meeting approved the initiative for digital government documents and certificates, which aims to develop a central information system to secure and manage government documents electronically.

The first phase covered 13 government entities in addition to 20 documents and certificates were digitised, which would provide a secure mechanism to verify their authenticity.




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