Bahrain Leads Arab e-Governments Listing
SSS Process, The Jordanian Company specialized in providing e-government services and software solutions, commended on the rank several Arab e-governments have achieved, according to the UN Global e-Government Readiness Report.
The 2010 report stated that Bahrain’s government succeeded in developing their e-portal and diversifies their technical services, leading the Arab listings and place itself in the 13th slot on the global scale. Remarkably, they were able to move forward 29 slots in 2 years.
Alaa Ensheiwat, Chief Executive Officer of SSS Process said that this success reflects the Bahrainis government’s determination and willingness to develop their modern identity. This success might push them to compete for one of the first 10 slots in the 2012 ranking.
Out of the 192 member states in the UN, UAE came as the 2nd Arab country and 49th globally, followed by Kuwait and Jordan as 3rd and 4th on the Arab countries list and 50th and 51st on the global list respectively.
Ensheiwat forecasts that this rapprochement in results between the Kuwaiti, Jordanian, and Emirati government projects will drive them towards increasing their efforts throughout the coming period to retain their Arab prestigious place while gaining higher rank globally.
The Global Report showed that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia advanced from the 70th rank in 2008 to 58th this year, coming in the 5th Arab Slot, followed by Qatar as the 6th Arab country though regressing globally from the 53rd to 62nd rank.
Ensheiwat clarified that the Global E-government Readiness Report is based on the readiness and speed of the central government according to three major axes to measure the country’s development level: government’s website index, telecommunication and statistical data infrastructure, and human capital index according to UNESCO.
Ensheiwat stressed on a sense of immediacy in action regarding the e-government portals. Feeding these vital projects with services plays an important role in developing the economic stance and save finances, notwithstanding their ability to speed up procedures and achieve total integration between governmental projects and the private sector, while achieving transparency in management.
Ensheiwat called out for the parties responsible for implementing e-governments to work immediately with the legal and concerned departments to surmount all obstacles that might come in the way of its development. He also emphasized on providing a suitable environment to achieve the necessary transformation processes with ease, steering away as much as possible from bureaucracy and slow operational pace.
He also stressed out the need to overcoming technical obstacles which usually present itself as in the lack of experience management and technical expertise specialized in e-government convergence, whether it being preparing specialized operating systems, developing the required promotional and educational campaigns, or the financial barriers presenting itself as miss-calculations for the required budget or insufficient funds being allocated for the transformation project.