Manama, Jan. 31 (BNA): The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), in partnership with Microsoft has conducted a capacity-building training program to train employees from the governmental entities on Microsoft cloud computing services launched in February 2022.
This came as part of the agreement between iGA and Microsoft as one of the cloud-technology leaders.
The training program aims at improving the efficiency of the national ICT skills in cloud services in line with the national strategic directions.
iGA Operations and Governance Deputy CE Dr. Khalid Ahmed Al Mutawa praised the cooperation with Microsoft in completing the training of more than 200 governmental employees during the year 2022.
He stressed that investing in the development of Kingdom national competencies is one of the most important priorities at this stage.
He reaffirmed that the ultimate benefit is to upscale the employees skills with knowledge and professional certificates that will be reflected on the quality of public service delivery.
Al Mutawah said that this program is in line with the "Cloud First" policy released in 2017 aiming at redirecting ICT investment towards Cloud Computing solutions, noting iGA’s commitment to support the public sector in accelerating the digital transformation of the public services provided high quality services to the citizens and residents.
The deputy CE will continue to complete the implementation of the program plan and complete the rest of the training phases during to reach 600 employees by the end of 2024.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation to all stakeholders and government employees who have contributed in the success of this program.
Microsoft Bahrain and Oman Country Manager Shaikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni confirmed the Kingdom’s accelerating cloud adoption and accelerating government sector’s digital transformation.
"We stand ready to supporting iGA in their efforts to build the digital capabilities of the government’s employees and provide them the right skill sets to innovate advanced services to the public," he said.
"At Microsoft, we encourage lifelong learning, skilling and upskilling of the workforce to fill professional gaps and ensure wholesome digital and economic transformation for Bahrain in line with its "Cloud First" policy."