Bahrain host the AWS summit in Bahrain for the second time, following the success of last year’s inaugural event which saw the technology giant announce plans to inaugurate the first AWS data center in the region in 2019.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) selected the Kingdom of Bahrain as the home for this project as a result of the ongoing commitment of the Government of Bahrain and the Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technology to enhance the Kingdom’s regional position as a leader in the fields of IT and telecommunications.
The regional Amazon Web Services Data Centre, is going to be a game changer for start-ups not only in Bahrain but also the whole region, and it will come with huge economic benefits, according to the Economic Development Board and AWS.
Through its cloud-first policy, the government of Bahrain is actively migrating to the cloud and investing in developing a technology workforce, and we look forward to continuing to support the country in accelerating its digital transformation, said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.
“There are tremendous opportunities for economic development and new job creation with cloud computing skills. We are already seeing massive innovation from across region. We are really excited about the progress that we have been making in the Middle East. It is just amazing to bring cloud computing in a big way to the region,” she added.
“It is a significant investment. Also, we are hiring in Bahrain and throughout the region. We are going to be hiring a lot, but we need to give them training first. Many potential partners expressed their interest the moment we announced about our presence in the Middle East. There is a big opportunity here and they want to be part of it,” she mentioned.
Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of EDB said, “Bahrain is AWS’s first entry to the Middle East but we want to make sure that this is leveraged to the benefit of the entire region. The regulations that we as a country want to adopt is to encourage adoption of cloud computing and to encourage entrepreneurs scale up and use the cloud to allow them take their businesses to new levels.”
Mohammed Ali AlQaed, Chief Executive, Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA), said during his opening speech at the summit, that the mature level of progress achieved by the Kingdom in the cloud migration journey makes the country a centre of excellence for cloud computing in the region.
“Bahrain’s experience today can provide capacity-building and knowledge-exchange with other countries. Amongst the latest achievements, over 40 government systems and more than 650 workloads were able to be successfully migrate to the national cloud, with plans to migrate up to 1,000 workloads by 2019,” he added.
The AWS Summit, which was held in Ritz Carlton Bahrain explored numerous topics through 13 panel discussions led by technology and cloud computing thought leaders from across the private and public sector. Discussion topics included the challenges facing cyber security; strategies to help foster a conducive environment for SMEs in the region; prospects offered by cloud technology for the financial services sector; and the role played by cloud computing in enhancing connectivity.
The AWS Summit provides an important platform for experts and professionals from the public sector, major private sector companies, and startups to highlight the role of emerging technology and digital trends in driving growth and diversification across GCC economies.
The summit is part of Bahrain Tech Week which is a week-long event series that explores the impact of emerging technologies on the future of the GCC. It was inaugurated by Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa in the presence of Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, industry leaders and dignitaries.
Bahrain TechWeek, announced by the Bahrain Economic Development Board in strategic partnership with Bahrain’s Labor Fund, Tamkeen. Bahrain TechWeek runs from September 30 until the October 8, 2018 and encompasses 14 events designed to explore the emerging technology trends and their impact across diverse sectors.
For more information visit: http://bahrainedb.com/events/bahrain-tech-week-2018/