The government of Bahrain has launched its e-government strategy and unveiled a new e-services portal, www.e.gov.bh.
Currently, there are 28 services accessible via the portal, with plans to increase this number to 167 over the next three years. The government has set aside USD58.3 million in development funding for the portal within that time-frame. At an event to launch the portal, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Atiyatallah Al Khalifa, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, said the aim of the e-government strategy was to improve services for citizens and businesses while enhancing productivity and efficiency for the public sector. He also noted that four methods for delivering services would be developed in the coming years: online services, a national contact centre, common services centres and a mobile gateway.