His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Minister of Justice and the Chairman of the Board of The Central Agency for Information Technology said that he believed that the upcoming 2nd E-Government Forum: Future Trends of Government Datacenters came at the right time as Kuwait needed a genuine boost to its e-government programs. Al-Abdullah added “It gives me honor and pleasure to represent His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad AL-Sabah during the opening ceremony. Kuwait’s political leadership is keen on supporting such conferences and forums, since information technology plays a major role in developing modern information-based societies. We are fully aware of the role that IT is carrying out in various fields such as the economy, education, health, security, and industry, to name but a few. Looking around towards technologically advanced countries, including our sister GCC countries, we realize that we still have a lot to achieve. We hope that these events help us get there.”
His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah added “The 2nd E-Government Forum comes at a time when The Telecommunications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority as well as the Electronic Transactions Act started their implementation phases. We hope that both the Regulatory Authority and the Central Agency for Information Technology, as well as all other government datacenters work together in order to bring forward their e-government programs through the following:
First: Develop a strategic, integrated, comprehensive plan to develop the e-government programs throughout all government agencies. Developing integrated e-government programs requires integrated planning that covers all aspects of technology, business processes, human resources, and documentation or documents throughout all government departments.
Second: Develop and put into effective use the standards and methodologies that should guide the implementation of e-government programs by all government agencies to ensure that they develop e-services that meet the functionality of each government agency, yet can integrate with other services of different government agencies.
Third: Develop a centralized automated portfolio/program/project management system that monitors the execution of government information technology projects. This online system should provide a single source for monitoring these projects. The execution of projects that cost huge amounts of money and resources cannot be left out to conventional manual monitoring processes.
Commenting on the participation of many technology industry giants in the Forum, Al-Abdullah said “Kuwait has always been a center of attraction to technology companies that happened to spread the computing era at the same period during which Kuwait became an independent state and triggered modernization and growth. The recent technology trends drive these companies to participate and showcase their solutions. It remains to us to benefit, since technology is one of the main advancement drivers of modern societies. This is exactly what His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah foresaw when His Highness initiated agreements with various countries in order to transform Kuwait into a modern information-based society. To realize this vision, His Highness issued the Amiri Decree 266 for the year 2006 by which the Central Agency for Information Technology was established to lead the change. Finally, Al-Abdullah extended his best wishes to all attendees and participants.