Prime Min­is­ter pa­tron­izes 6th E-Gov Fo­rum

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KUWAIT: NoufEXPO an­nounced in a press re­lease yes­ter­day the con­ven­ing of the ‘6th E-Gov­ern­ment Fo­rum Manag­ing Change to­wards Dig­i­ti­za­tion’ in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cen­tral Agency for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (CAIT) from 4 - 6 De­cem­ber 2018 at Al-Baraka Ball­room Crowne Plaza Ho­tel, Kuwait. His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah will pa­tron­ize EGOV6. Anas Khalid Al-Saleh, Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs and the Chair­man of the Board of the Cen­tral Agency for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, will rep­re­sent His High­ness dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony. EGOV6 pro­ceed­ings will fo­cus on one of the most im­por­tant fac­tors that guar­an­tee the suc­cess of the de­vel­op­ment of EGovern­ment pro­grams, which is Change Man­age­ment. This fac­tor should go hand in hand with a ro­bust and pro­fes­sional gov­er­nance frame­work in or­der to pave the way for de­vel­op­ing in­te­grated gov­ern­ment ser­vices in the in­for­ma­tion-based so­ci­ety.

E-Gov­ern­ment pro­grams are con­sid­ered, by far, one of most com­plex au­to­ma­tion projects that gov­ern­ments em­bark on. The com­plex­ity stems from the need to desta­bi­lize the pre­vail­ing norm that gov­erned gov­ern­ment pro­ce­dures and prac­tices for decades. Busi­ness pro­cesses, in gov­ern­ment agen­cies, have been pa­per based or par­tially au­to­mated si­los. Each gov­ern­ment agency has its pro­cesses in­de­pen­dent from those of other gov­ern­ment agen­cies. E-Gov­ern­ment agen­cies have to deal with this com­plex­ity and bring every­body into a stream­lined, in­te­grated, au­to­mated, and al­ways avail­able gov­ern­ment ser­vice sta­tus. EGovern­ment agen­cies have, at the same time, to keep pace with the ever-chang­ing in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nolo­gies. EGOV6 will also dis­cuss the need for highly qual­i­fied and spe­cial­ized hu­man re­sources. Specif­i­cally, EGOV6 will fo­cus on change man­age­ment as­pects in the ar­eas of com­put­ing in­fra­struc­ture, busi­ness pro­cesses, cy­ber­se­cu­rity, and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems man­age­ment.

A NoufEXPO spokesper­son said that CAIT would con­tinue the tra­di­tion of an­nounc­ing the E-Ser­vices Ex­cel­lence Award re­sults dur­ing EGOV6. The E-Ser­vices Ex­cel­lence Award is granted to the gov­ern­ment agency that de­ploys the best E-Ser­vice on Kuwait elec­tronic por­tal (www.e.gov.kw) ac­cord­ing to the cri­te­ria that CAIT sets based on the in­ter­na­tional prac­tices. The Award boosts e-gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives of Kuwait’s gov­ern­ment agen­cies and en­cour­ages these agen­cies to im­ple­ment a speedy, yet co­or­di­nated, e-Ser­vices de­vel­op­ment ef­fort.

The NoufEXPO spokesper­son con­cluded his state­ment by say­ing that EGOV, and since it was launched 2013 and till present, hosted many world-class lead­ing tech­nol­ogy ven­dors like Mi­crosoft, IBM, EMC, CISCO, Fortinet, Sy­man­tec, FireEye, EY, Aruba, and many oth­ers as well as ma­jor Kuwaiti en­ter­prises such as ZAIN, Al-Ghanem In­dus­tries, Gulf Cable and Elec­tri­cal In­dus­tries Com­pany, KFH, KNET, ATC, Qual­i­tynet and many oth­ers. More­over, EGOV fea­tures the par­tic­i­pa­tion of many gov­ern­ment IT Depart­ments that demon­strate their e-Ser­vices and eGovern­ment plans. The event’s Sci­en­tific Com­mit­tee, as well as other or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tees, are fi­nal­iz­ing EGOV6’s pro­gram and pro­ceed­ings. We urge all in­ter­ested tech­nol­ogy ven­dors and spe­cial­ists to con­tact the Sci­en­tific Com­mit­tee or NoufEXPO on +965 22469921 or send their mes­sages to info@noufexpo.com.kw in or­der to re­serve their spot in this an­nual and unique tech­nol­ogy event. More about EGOV6 on its web­site www.noufexpo.com.kw/egov6.

Anas Khalid Al-Saleh

Sheikh Jaber Al-MubarakAl-Hamad Al-Sabah

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