New website launch boosts digital services push

BAHRAIN continues to offer more digital services and online platforms to ensure commerce and education continue in the wake of Covid-19.

This comes with the launch of the mall.bh website, which officially opened on Thursday, and features a range of products from more than 100 companies operating in the kingdom, including fashion, homeware and electronics.

Several major brands are set to take part in the virtual service, with the government-run website not charging any fees to retailers amid physical store closures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed Alzayani said in a statement that this will enable companies to continue offering their products to consumers, adding that the platform has been designed by the ministry and will provide its services to companies for free.

The initiative is the latest digital offering from the kingdom to help combat the ongoing global health crisis, with solutions, including remote learning and a nationwide bracelet tracking programme rolled out across the country.

Last month the Education Ministry together with the kingdom’s Information and eGovernment Authority announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create a dedicated electronic education portal for millions of students.

This portal is used to view lessons, download education materials, complete their homework online, and take part in discussions with classmates.

Parents can use the system to follow up on the activities carried out by their classes, while school administrators can monitor the progress of students and teachers.

To put this into perspective, according to a recent study by Teacher Tapp, just one in six schools in the UK had the technology to set and receive work from pupils.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s national electronic wallet BenefitPay announced a 1,257 per cent increase in the number of remittances through its Fawri+ service during March – worth some BD103 million.

 

Source: http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/821184/New-website-launch-boosts-digital-services-push

 

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