The Bahraini National Pavilion (BNP) at GITEX 2021 features representatives from several sectors of Bahrain’s ICT industry, including start-ups and medium-sized businesses, governmental entities, and educational institutions.

Tamkeen, in strategic partnership with the Bahrain Society for Technology Companies ‘BTECH’, and WorkSmart for event management, is organizing the kingdom’s annual participation at GITEX for the 15th year in a row. The Economic Development Board (EDB), 20 start-up firms, three colleges and the Benefit company are among the participants this year, as well as major sponsorships from Alba and Batelco.

Hussein Rajab, CEO of Tamkeen, praised the excellent prospects that the kingdom’s economic climate is providing, as well as what it is accomplishing, and emphasizing the critical role of information and communication technology in satisfying economic growth needs, particularly in light of current market conditions.

 “Bahrain has made clear efforts to encourage digital transformation in various economic applications, as well as the infrastructure and policies it provides to build a technologically sustainable economic system. This includes Tamkeen programs and initiatives that emphasize the need to invest in opportunities, while enhancing its strength, performance, areas of growth and competitiveness at the global level,” he shared. 

According to Ubaydli Ubaydli, Chairman of the Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH), BNP is distinguished this year by the coordinated presence of start-ups, IT SMEs, indicating that the current state of Bahrain’s information technology sector foretells more promising future growth.

“Year after year, Bahraini participation in GITEX has grown on two levels: quantitatively in terms of the number of exhibitors, and qualitatively in terms of the variety of products and services they offer, which include business solutions, virtual and augmented reality, as well as various software and applications. I would like to extend my thanks to the Labour Fund Tamkeen for its ongoing support for BNP at GITEX, which helps to build technology firms and boosts their competitiveness, productivity, and contribution to the GDP,” he added.

As for the CEO of WorkSmart, Ahmed Al Hujairy, he said: “We are pleased with our success in organizing BNP at GITEX through a single platform that includes all of the technology companies and bodies working in the information and communications sector, demonstrating the spirit of collaboration and teamwork that has distinguished us throughout our digital transformation journey.” 

Al Hujairy concluded by explaining that Bahraini IT companies’ participation in GITEX is a great example of the kingdom’s digital infrastructure readiness and development, as well as its digital capabilities and technical resources, all of which promote and enhance the confidence of customers, including citizens, residents, visitors, and investors.