iGA: Strengthening ties with AWS supports digitization and economic growth

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Manama, May 11 (BNA): Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Mohammed Ali Al Qaed said the importance of enhancing the ongoing partnerships with international tech companies that support government-led digital transformation efforts, enhancing the digital economy through advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

He highlighted the Kingdom’s commitment to the IT sector and digital transformation, and the importance of continued investment in these areas.

A host of support legislations and policies have helped create an environment that attracts global companies, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), which recognized the advantages Bahrain offers when it selected the Kingdom for the location of its first Middle East data centers.

Al Qaed alluded to the agreement that centralizes service procurement and cloud solutions for governmental and semi-governmental agencies, streamlining the adoption of Cloud services as the Kingdom enters the second phase of its digital transformation.

This will help create opportunities in the digital economy and support Bahrain's in its development of non-oil sectors.

The Vice President of AWS Worldwide Public Sector Sales EMEA, Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz highlighted the importance of the ongoing cooperation between AWS and Bahrain, which will support the Kingdom’s digital transformation and innovation efforts and enhance the efficiency of services offered to the public, in line with Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.

Strengthening ties with AWS will also provide cloud solutions to governmental and semi-governmental agencies, including the healthcare and education sectors, which will unify and shorten purchasing processes whether directly from AWS or through AWS Solution Providers.

It will simplify data entry and allow for unified payment processes based on Ministry of Finance and National Economy guidelines.

More than 70% of IT operations at 72 government entities migrated to AWS’s Cloud. Bahrain’s Cloud-First Policy has helped enhance the efficiency of services and quality of life for the public, while optimizing use of resources.