Workshops help gain insight into using technology to improve governance.
Furthering its commitment to promote good government practices through the use of technology, Microsoft Kuwait today announced that it has completed a workshop for senior technology executives from the Kuwaiti government that took place at Movenpick Hotel Al Bida’a. A series of presentations was made by Microsoft that demonstrated how technology can help improve performance within the Kuwait eGovernment framework thereby leading to improved governance practices. The event was attended in cooperation with the Central Agency for Information Technology
On attending the workshop, Qusai Alshatti, Deputy Director General for Central Agency for Information Technology said, “This workshop was very informative, it has helped us understand the future technology trends and the new technologies that Microsoft is working on. There are challenges, especially in the government sector, when it comes to technology readiness and the culture of change. this workshop has given us a view into the next generation of government services. This will help us plan ahead on how we can boost productivity and improve governance. We look forward to such events in the future as it’s a part of Government of State of Kuwait and Microsoft Strategic Partnership Agreement. (SPA).
Through special training programs and workshops, Microsoft remains committed to the development of a knowledge economy in Kuwait by equipping nationals with the ICT based skills they need to compete in today’s global economy.
From Left to Right: Qusai Alshatti, Deputy Director General for Central Agency for Information Technology. Mr. Muwafaq Al Taki, Dr. Salah Al Sharhan and Mr. Wassim Hamad
Ehab Mostafa, Country Manager of Microsoft Kuwait added, “The Kuwait Government has been a visionary in the development of the country’s technology infrastructure. Microsoft is committed to working with governments to promote innovation and growth through technology solutions and partnerships that create economic and social opportunities. The workshop held for the IT executives from the Kuwaiti Government will empower them to use technology more efficiently in the delivery of enhanced e-services. We are honoured to have had the opportunity to demonstrate the power of Microsoft technologies to the Kuwait government sector.”
“Our strategy for the public sector is to provide a set of solutions to modernise the level of government services. This will help empower the government officials to quicken decision making process, make information more easily available and in turn offer more value-added services to its citizen. Today, people are in increasingly becoming more tech-savvy, especially with the use of internet, facebook and social networking; which creates a perfect climate for government adoption to host different technology solutions,” said Naim Yazbeck, Public Sector Director, Microsoft Gulf. “Microsoft has launched a spectrum of cloud computing solutions for various sectors. We have been the only cloud provider to offer cloud based services like hotmail, Xbox live amongst others for a very long time. Now, we are offering our core technologies like Windows, Sharepoint and CRM to be hosted as a cloud. These cloud based services can now be offered to government sector to enhance their services.”
Naim added that Microsoft offers dedicated cloud services with high level of protection and security for governments. Cloud based services helps the public sector to offer more value added services, benefits staff to effectively communicate and collaborate, while reducing costs and gaining a higher return on investment.
The event also addressed key issues that face the government today including privacy, security, information management and client uptake. Group discussions were also held during the event to discuss the future direction of eGovernment and the provision of timely and accurate eGovernment services to citizens.