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In 2002, Bahrain implemented an Electronic Transactions law, recognizing the validity of electronic transactions. In a push to use this technological opening, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has implemented an electronic governance program. Banks offer electronic banking and many utility companies now accept electronic transactions for bill payments.
In 2003, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce established a directorate for electronic commerce to promote e-commerce services. The Directorate of Electronic Commerce's services include:
- Adopting the concept of "internet for business" to help commercial institutions in Bahrain benefit from information and communication technology as a major tool for effectively competing in world markets; and
- Encouraging the private commercial sector to take up e-commerce as a delivery channel, through developing programs and providing consultancy services and guidance to help small and medium institutions make use of information technology and communication services.
E-commerce is rapidly expanding in Bahrain. Computer-literacy rates are high and businesses recognize the commercial value of the Internet. In 2007, the Government established the E-Government Authority to enhance the services provided by the government to citizens, foreigners, the private sector, and investors. The newly established entity has ties with U.S. information technology companies.
The Sadad Initiative introduced a convenient, single payment machine, similar to an ATM, where consumers could pay their utility bills and government fees as well as make charitable donations. This machine is available in all major supermarkets and malls.
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