E-Kuwait tar­gets top qual­ity e-ser­vices: Sheikh Mo­ham­mad

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY - By Faten Omar

The 4th E-Govern­ment Fo­rum ti­tled ‘Elec­tronic Ser­vices Per­spec­tives’ kicked off yes­ter­day at the Ar­raya Ball­room. Sev­eral com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fo­rum and pre­sent­ing var­i­ous so­lu­tions for min­istries and govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions in or­der to help achieve the de­sired e-govern­ment goals in­clud­ing se­cur­ing data and govern­ment sys­tems. The fo­rum is or­ga­nized by Nouf Expo and spon­sored by var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions.

Dur­ing his open­ing speech, Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah AlMubarak Al-Sabah said that the govern­ment dat­a­cen­ters play an im­por­tant role in keep­ing pace with lat­est tech­nol­ogy. “This fo­rum presents the lat­est tech­nolo­gies, and we re­quest that all the govern­ment dat­a­cen­ters set their plans to ac­quire and de­velop their hu­man re­source pro­fes­sion­als and at the same pace up­grade the tech­nolo­gies in ac­cor­dance with the e-govern­ment plans,” said Sheikh Mo­hammed.

He added, “We be­lieve that im­proved elec­tronic ser­vices help build a more trans­par­ent govern­ment that in turn helps achieve the ul­ti­mate strate­gic goal rep­re­sented by e-Kuwait, where all can en­joy qual­ity e-ser­vices at all times wher­ever they are.” He un­der­lined the need to achieve greater co­op­er­a­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism among each of the Cen­tral Agency for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and In­for­ma­tion Cen­ters in govern­ment en­ti­ties and other bod­ies of na­tional se­cu­rity.

Sheikh Mo­hammed pointed out that the world is chang­ing at a fast pace and it is no longer ac­cept­able to do sim­ple paper work in a long line in the min­istries. Ex­plain­ing that the world is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing the tech­nol­ogy fast, he said, “The In­ter­net, so­cial net­works, and smart de­vices come with more chal­lenges on the level of in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity, which has be­come the head of the list of con­cerns in all the na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies in the coun­tries of the world as a whole. It is not pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate the in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity and the se­cu­rity of Kuwait and its peo­ple from each other,” he said. Qu­sai Al-Shatti, Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Cen­tral Agency for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (CAIT), said that elec­tronic ser­vices are a nat­u­ral prod­uct of the egov­ern­ment pro­grams im­ple­mented by Kuwait in or­der to im­prove govern­ment ser­vices pro­vided to cit­i­zens and res­i­dents.

Al-Shatti added that the Cen­tral Agency for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing great ef­forts for the de­vel­op­ment of e-govern­ment ser­vices through the of­fi­cial por­tal of Kuwait. “EGOV4 will fo­cus on elec­tronic ser­vices. We all re­al­ize that e-ser­vices are the fi­nal tar­get prod­uct of e-govern­ment pro­grams,” he added.

He noted that CAIT is look­ing for­ward to work­ing along with all the govern­ment agen­cies to im­prove more elec­tronic ser­vices on par with the de­vel­oped coun­tries, in­di­cat­ing that they will in­tro­duce out­stand­ing elec­tronic ser­vice award from this year.

Shatti ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the in­sti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in this fo­rum will be a great as­set to the Cen­tral Agency for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy which will in turn help in bet­ter co­op­er­a­tion and in­ter­ac­tion be­tween govern­ment and the cor­po­rate and lo­cal tech­nol­ogy or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies spe­cial­ized in the field of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy par­tic­i­pated in the fo­rum in­cluded Mi­crosoft, Sy­man­tec and Cisco in ad­di­tion to lo­cal com­pa­nies such as Kuwait Fi­nance House,VIVA and others. The 4th e-Govern­ment Fo­rum runs from Novem­ber 27 to 29 Novem­ber, 2016 at Ar­raya Ball­room of the Court­yard Mar­riott Ho­tel, Kuwait City.

KUWAIT: Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah de­liv­er­ing his speech. — Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

Qu­sai Al-Shatti, act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral of CAIT, speaks.

Yousef Al-Mar­zouq, GM of Nouf Expo.

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