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Prime Minister to inaugurate E-government forum in Nov
October 6, 2013, 12:22 pm
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H H the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Central Agency for Information Technology “E-Government Forum on Nov 11-13 on Recent Trends, Security Risks, and Implementation Challenges”

The E-Government program is at the center of attention of the political leadership

Mr. Abdullatif Suraei Al-Suarie, the Director General of the Central Agency for Information Technology announced today that the “E-Government Forum:  Recent Trends, Security Risks, and Implementation Challenges” shall be held in the period of 11-13 November. Mr. Al-Suarei said that the Forum shall be inaugurated by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad AL-Sabah. “A patronage that represents Kuwait’s political leadership understanding and endorsement of the role e-government programs play in improving government services delivered to the public”, said Mr. Al-Suarei. He added “ The Forum shall  discuss the trends and challenges that accompany the implementation of e-government programs, the role that e-government programs play in improving government services delivered to the public, the information security risks associated with implementing e-government programs, and lastly, the ambition to turn Kuwait into an information based society with the ultimate aim of achieving the vision of His Highness the Amir, to turn Kuwait into a global financial and trading center”.

Outlining the topics of the “E-Government Forum:  Recent Trends, Security Risks, and Implementation Challenges”, Mr. Al-Suarei said “it will focus on the recent trends and challenges that accompany and surround e-government programs’ implementations. The first day proceedings shall include the opening ceremony only.  There will be three specialized sessions on the second day Nov. 5th. The first shall discuss the E-Government - Recent Trends and Benefits focusing on the topics of Trends and Developments in e-Government Programs and Initiatives, Social and Economic Benefits of e-Government Programs and Initiatives, Risks and Challenges of e-Government Programs and Initiatives, and Good Governance is Key to Success. The second session will handle the Importance and Challenges in e-Government Program Planning and Management. During this session, experts shall discuss the topics of the Enterprise Architecture Requirements of e-Government Initiatives, the Big Challenge of Big Data, and the Security Challenges of Government Cloud Computing. The third and last session of the day deals with the issue of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Security – A National Responsibility. This session focuses on the Importance of Information Security Strategies in e-Government Programs, Debate on Information Security in E-GOV – Who is Responsible, Role of Qualified HR in encountering Information Security Threats, and lastly the Role of CERTs in E-GOV Programs”.

Commenting on the on the 6th of Nov. proceedings, Mr. Al-Suraie said “the Forum continues with three more sessions. The Forum’s forth session discusses the Legislation Requirements in the Information Age. The topics include the Responsibility of Government Agencies in Setting Electronic Transactions Legislations, Importance of Personal Data Classification and Privacy, Challenges in Government Data Format Unification, and the Role and Importance of Computer Forensics. The topics of the fifth session shall focus on Strategies for Building Safe Health Care Systems, Strategies for Developing Efficient & Secure Educational Systems, and Strategies of Developing National-Wide Government Intelligence (GI) and Data Warehousing (DW) Systems. The sixth and last session addresses the Role of Mobile Devices in E-GOV Programs. This session’s topics attempt to answer the question of How Safe is Smart Phone Accessibility for e-Government Applications, discuss the Information Security Challenges of BYOD, and finally, outline the Strategies of Developing e-Services on Different Various Mobile Devices”.

The Director General of the Central Agency for Information Technology pointed out that this Forum comes at a time where governments, worldwide, are working hard to implement their e-government programs. “The e-government initiative targets many benefits such as emhanced government services, prospering economies, and enhanced investment opportunities”, said Al-Suraei.

Mr. Al-Suarei concluded that the Forum shall be a venue where global world-class technology specialized companies and specialists convene. Invitations will also be forwarded to government information centers in Kuwait and sister e-government organizations in GCC countries. The Scientific Committee at the Central Agency for Information Technology is mandated with receiving and screening participating researches and papers. Meanwhile, Nouf General Contracting & Trading Co. - Conferencing & Exhibitions (NoufEXPO) is finalizing the logistic arrangements of both the Forum and the accompanying exhibition.

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