Under the patronage and in presence of the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH) organised a seminar debating the 5th generation technologies and the Internet of things (IoT), during Society’s Ramadan meeting at the Radisson Diplomat Hotel. Present were a number of ICT industry leaders in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Making remarks on the seminar, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications stressed his keenness to support BTECH’s activities, which aims to promote the advancement of the technology sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and increase its contribution to GDP, as well as to enhance its ability to create employment opportunities for citizens.

"This meeting is an opportunity for us to meet senior officials in the ICT sector to share our views and expertise to develop our policy to promote the sector. Bahrain is undergoing a rapid development of the technology sector within the framework of the fourth national telecommunications plan. We have recently witnessed a very important initiative, which consisted of restructuring "Batelco" into two separate entities, one for wholesale and the other for providing services to other telecoms companies. These services will be offered at attractive prices in the next few weeks, benefiting the business sector and the general public," Minister said.

He also pointed out that the Kingdom of Bahrain is one of the first countries to launch the fifth-generation service and expected that companies will start providing these services in June. "Some companies have already announced these services, and I think this will stimulate using new information technologies such as IoT and industrial intelligence,” he added.

President of University of Bahrain (UoB), Dr. Riyad Hamza, confirmed that the University plays a major role in providing youth with practical qualifications and basic skills in various fields, especially in the ICT sector. He pointed out that UoB has introduced programs in new fields such as Massive Evidence and Cyber security. It also began using "Blockchain" to document graduated students` certificates."

"UoB, as the first national university, must be a pioneer in providing these advanced technologies, in order to strengthen the university's mission in developing the national economy through the rehabilitation of youth, as well as offering programs and attracting investment companies seeking to recruit qualified national staff," he added.

President of BTECH, Mr. Ubaiydli Al-Ubaiydli, stressed the Society’s enthusiasm to organize a Ramadan meeting in order to provide a platform were the society’s members and ICT leaders can meet and network.

"Mr. Ahmed Al-Hujairi, BTECH’s advisor said that the meeting will pave the way for the development of the information technology sector and its role in supporting the national economy. It is an opportunity for the representatives of technology companies and technical decision-makers in the public and private sectors to identify market developments and how to cope with them, develop their business accordingly, and provide technical services and products to meet the emerging needs of customers and markets," he added.