As part of the second edition of the Government Innovation Competition (Fikra), launched by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, 12 ideas have qualified for the final stage of the competition.
These finalists will now have to present their ideas to an evaluation committee, made out of Government Ministers, which will carefully evaluate all the proposals and select those projects that will end up being implemented.
In order to qualify to the final 12, each of the 40 initially selected ideas had to be presented to an evaluation committee in a three-minute pitch.
The selected ideas were:
1. Government Procurement Platform: submitted by Ali Bukhammas and Abdulaziz Al-Buainain from the Civil Service Bureau, Ahmed Al-Kuwari from the National Bureau for Revenues, and Mohammed BuAli from the Ministry of Finance and National Economy.
2. Courts Application: submitted by Ahmed Alaraifi from the Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister.
3. Virtual Employment Center: submitted by Iman Al-Sammak and Ibtihal Al-Shihabi from the Labor Market Regulatory Authority.
4. AlHafeez: An application for productive families: submitted by Maryam Hassan from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
5. The National Technical Skills Development Program: submitted by Ahmed Al-Saffar from the Bahrain Training Institute.
6. National Strategy for Electric Vehicles: submitted by Mona Al Alawi from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism.
7. EParkBH - Replacement of parking meters with an application: submitted by Alia Al-Qahtani from the Ministry of Interior, and Nouf Al-Qahtani from the Ministry of Youth and Sports
8. E-Sick Leave System: submitted by Ahmed Buhaza and Noora Muhanna from the Ministry of Finance and National Economy.
9. Citizen's Digital Document Wallet on Blockchain: submitted by Ali Al-Aradi from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
10. Government Vehicles Allocation App: submitted by AbdulRahman Essam from the National Audit Office
11. Energies (Taqat): submitted by Elyas AbdulGhaffar from the Social Insurance Organization
12. The Media Ambassador: submitted by Duaa Sharafi, Education & Training Quality Authority
The Government Innovation Competition (Fikra) accelerates development through a citizen-centered approach that is participatory and sustainable in addition to fostering a culture of innovation in which government employees put forward breakthrough solutions to challenges turning them into opportunities, in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and the Government Programme 2019-2022.