The kingdom of Bahrain is one of the leading countries in the development of information technology and implementation of IT in all its sectors. An article published in the online IT magazine called “PSTM” on 25th May 2004, reported by Mr. Edmund Tan stated that: “The government of Bahrain’s central information organization (GIO) is to build its national e-government infrastructure on the open standard Linux platform.
“Standards based technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for modernizations throughout society in our country. The pioneering vision of the government of Bahrain is dedicated to ensuring that the kingdom is at the forefront of developing technology and in driving services for our citizens with flexibility and accessibility to government services,” said Sheikh Ahmed Ateyatalla AlKhalifa, Undersecretary of the CIO.
Such development and encouragement by the government in the IT field, boosts the enthusiasm if all people who are interested in the IT sector and want to achieve something special by creating their own software.
The gulf business machines, one of the pioneers in the development of software and hardware technologies had posted an article on its website on 16th may 2004 regarding Bahrain’s keenness in the development of web-based applications to unify the government’s information infrastructure.
“GBM has been working with the CIO to drive the delivery of web-enabled applications that unify the government’s information infrastructure and provide powerful services to citizens using secure hardware, network, internet and software platforms. The project integrates Bahrain’s back-end systems, such as National Database, Immigration and central Population Registration (CPR) systems, Decision Support systems and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) will support the introduction of a national smart card system that will give citizens access to information, services and government facilities.”