The workshop was attended by senior representatives of governmental entities such as the Ministries of Industry and Commerce, Finance, Transportation along with Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission, Central Informatics Organization, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), Supreme Judicial Council, Public Prosecution, Central Bank of Bahrain, as well as Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
International participants include speakers from the World Bank (USA), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and the Cyber Crime Research Institute from Germany.
The workshop is a part of the e-Gov’s belief in updating cyber law in order to ensure personal data, confidentiality, freedom of expression and the free access to information. The workshop was organized based on the guidance received from the Supreme Council of ICT (SCICT).
EGA CEO Mohammed Ali AlQaed said at the end of the workshop that the cyber legislation should be updated in compliance with the requirements of the National e-Government Strategy 2016 and the workshop agreed in principle on the setting-up a sustainable framework to support the continuous development for cyber laws in the country.
“We strongly believe that the electronic and information regulatory laws establish the cornerstone for the delivery of e-Government services. Developing regulatory frameworks and laws for information and communication technology (ICT) is necessary to face new technological challenges,” he added.
He also praised that the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)’s committee for its key role in providing insights of the regulatory legislations pertaining to e-Transactions that are carried out in cyberspace and in publishing guidelines on how to protect personal data, privacy, confidentiality, freedom of expression, and free access to information and e-signature.
“The meeting was meaningful, promising and fruitful in enhancing the ICT applications within the private sector, reducing the legal divide and facilitating eTransactions between Arab states and developing countries,” added Al-Qaed.
ESCWA’s Chief of ICT Applications Section Dr Nibal Idlebi shared about her paper of the conclusions reached in relation to the study project on the Regional Harmonization of Cyber Legislation to promote the knowledge society in the Arab world.
World Bank Lead Counsel David Satola talked about the bank’s experience on the necessity of having a suitable Cyber Law Framework and the benefits to economy. He focused mainly on lessons learnt and how to deliver best practice seen from other countries.
Dr Marco Gerke, Director of Cybercrime Research Institute, Germany talked about his paper of the international and regional benchmarks on the importance of having a robust cyber law legal framework, apart from emerging trends in cybercrime and development of security framework.
Participants of the workshop involved in the discussion and agreed in principal to consider the regional guideline for the harmonisation of the cyber legislation in a bid to contribute in the establishment of process to create the basis needed to provide an environment with attention to how to facilitate and accelerate the ICT and its applications as an enabler for the growth in the ICT field.
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