18/01/2018

Partnership Agreement Signed in Support of MEET ICT Conference and BITEX Exhibition

Bahrain Labour Fund “Tamkeen” has announced becoming a strategic partner for the Information and Communication Technology Conference “MEET ICT” and the Bahrain International Technology Exhibition “BITEX”, which will be organised by the BTECH and Worksmart, under the patronage of His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, from 13 to 15 February at Gulf Hotel.

This partnership includes the organization of special events between Tamkeen and private IT institutions and companies during the MEET ICT conference, with the aim of introducing these companies’ services, exploring how to enhance the effectiveness of its support. Moreover, Tamkeen will also effectively participate in the conference sessions, in addition to providing support to companies participating in BITEX.

Commenting on the signed partnership, HE Dr. Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi, Chief Executive of Tamkeen, said that Tamkeen is committed to supporting private sector institutions, encouraging them to expand in order to further stimulate the national economy.

“Through its strategy for the next three years, Tamkeen is proceeding to activate the support programmes provided to individuals and the private sector within the framework of implementing Bahrain Vision 2030,” he added while speaking on the sidelines of the partnership agreement signing ceremony.

“Tamkeen’s continued support for companies in Bahrain stems from its keenness to strengthen the ICT sector in the Kingdom. This plays a vital role in raising the capacity of private sector institutions to develop their productivity and competitiveness,” he pointed out, before drawing attention to the importance of this sector due to its close association with other economic sectors and its contribution to their development.

Board Chairman of BTECH Ubaydli Al-Ubaydli affirmed that Tamkeen's support for MEET ICT and BITEX is part of a permanent strategic partnership to develop the technology sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain and to increase its competitiveness and sales.

Al-Ubaydli explained that organizing both MEET ICT and BITEX fall in line with the national trend towards advancing the technology sector as one of the important sectors in economic diversification, in addition to increasing the contribution of this sector to the national output.

He pointed out that Bahrain has all the qualifications necessary to proceed with the development of the ICT sector, from an advanced legislative structure, trained expert local competencies, and proximity to the major regional markets, which contributes to placing the Kingdom on the global map of the ICT industry, enhancing the ability to attract large international technology companies.

Moreover, Ahmed Al Hujairi, CEO of Worksmart, the organizer of MEET ICT and BITEX, affirmed the importance of Tamkeen's support in achieving this regional technological event’s objectives. He called on companies in the sector to benefit from attending and from Tamkeen’s support in order to enhance partnership with it, as well as promoting, developing and increasing sales.

Al Hujairi said that MEET ICT and BITEX will be held under the title "Embracing The Digital Transformation" and will focus on the business model which is ever-changing as a result of continuous technological developments, with the introduction of a number of topics including acceleration of business activities and processes, opportunities in digital technologies and prioritisation.