Manama, Sept. 9 (BNA): Bahrain’s current direction takes into account the importance of youth leadership, empowering them to undertake pioneering national projects and promote sustainable development in line with Bahrain Economic Vision 2030, Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali Al Qaed said.
Al Qaed’s comments came during a virtual meeting with the third batch of HiPO Youth members, who participated in the program held on August 1 - September 8.
The program was jointly organized by the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA), the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, INJAZ Bahrain, JAFCON, and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF).
Al Qaed shared his managerial expertise with the participants, highlighting some of the iGA’s most important projects and practices. He added that he always keen to encourage young people to take on difficult challenges and play a role in achieving the iGA’s strategy, which aims to enhance the level of government services offered to citizens and residents.
AlQaed said that the iGA has managed to overcome a range of obstacles related to the pandemic thanks to the readiness of the Kingdom’s technical infrastructure, which provided support to government entities such as the Ministry of Education, helping to ensure that students’ education continued uninterrupted through the EDUNET portal.
The government’s infrastructure also facilitated remote working environments and supported the digital transformation of many government services in line with national health and safety guidelines.
As a result, the National Portal, bahrain.bh and other digital channels increased the number of eServices they provide to more than 500. Implementing best practice solutions and advanced principles played a role in the iGA’s success during this critical period.
Al Qaed listened to the program members’ ideas, suggestions, and enquiries about the government’s functions. They discussed the importance of scientific research, and the iGA’s role in digital transformation, Cloud Computing, and other initiatives.
BIPA Director General Dr. Raed bin Shams said that today’s youth need the advice and guidance of key government leaders to help raise their level of ambition and align their career goals with the needs of the nation.
He praised the participants in the program’s third edition, which presented an opportunity to transfer a wealth of administrative experience to a new generation of public and private sector employees.