04 November 2020; Manama, Bahrain -The Information and eGovernment Authority announced that it has completed the process of transferring more than 14,000 government e-mails to Microsoft’s cloud. The move was achieved in partnership with Microsoft and in coordination with government agencies and institutions, in addition to activating a Microsoft 365 service package.
Mr. Mohamed Ali Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Information & eGovernment Authority emphasized that 45 government agencies will be able to benefit from Microsoft’s integrated digital solutions. The move will enhance government operations and services and empower the information technology sector in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, aimed at boosting the pace of economic development and creating promising investment opportunities .
Al Qaed also stated that this step will foster productivity and enable government migration to a trusted, scalable, secure and intelligent Microsoft Cloud.
In addition, IGA earlier activated the Microsoft 365 service package to ensure continuity of the government work system. This approach was crucial during the Covid-19 crisis, which provided technologies such as Microsoft Teams that facilitated remote workflow and enabled employees to conduct meetings, conferences and exchange files. Despite challenges, this approach ensured full continuity with high quality and efficiency.
Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni, Country General Manager for Microsoft Bahrain & Oman said: “Our partnership with the Information and eGovernment Authority reflects the diligent efforts of the two parties to provide better and faster services to citizens. We will continue our work with IGA hand in hand to achieve a strong, flexible and safe work environment that encourages innovation in public services.”
“Microsoft has a commitment to support the “Cloud First” agenda aimed at accelerating the pace of digital transformation across Bahrain and to deliver economic prosperity in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.” He added.
In 2017, the Kingdom of Bahrain adopted a Cloud First policy for the government sector to reimagine information technology operations in cooperation with Microsoft. This makes the Kingdom the first country in the Middle East and one of the first countries in the world to adopt a cloud computing policy.