Bahrain iGA strikes MoU with Saudi Arabia’s GaStat

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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iGA signs MoU with GaStat
Officials during the signing ceremony | BNA

Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) and Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at fostering cooperation, implementing international best practices, and supporting decision-making and scientific research.

The MoU stipulates collaboration in areas such as data sharing, Big Data, information technology infrastructure, and statistical awareness programs. It aims to facilitate access to information, visits between experts, and conferences, seminars, and workshops.

The five-year collaboration involves joint planning and programs to achieve the desired cooperation between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The Chief Executive of iGA, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed said that “cooperation with GaStat will contribute to several objectives, including enhancing joint projects and the establishment of a committee to supervise the areas of common cooperation outlined in the MoU.”

Mr. Al Qaed noted that signing the memorandum is in line with the regional and distinguished leadership of Saudi Arabia in statistics and that leveraging its innovative practices and models is a significant gain for Bahraini’s statistical system.

The MoU signifies the commitment of the iGA and GaStat to regional and international cooperation and enhancing their ability to meet new statistical data requirements. It will also help in the production of high-quality, timely statistics in accordance with United Nations (UN) guidelines, international standards, and best practices.

Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah AlDossari, President of GaStat in Saudi Arabia, stated that “the MoU enhances cooperation between the two countries and bolsters the field of statistics through the application of global best practices and promoting the exchange of experience between authorities, which will reflect positively on joint projects. It will support the two Kingdoms’ strategies in this area, leading to more effective cooperation in statistical data.”

“The agreement will also reinforce statistics calculation methods, supporting decision-makers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He commended the joint efforts of the iGA and GaStat,” Dr. AlDossari added.

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