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The second edition of the eCommerce and Internet Security Forum for teachers kicked off earlier this week under the title “eCommerce…Bahraini Platform…For Global Market.”

Inaugurated by H.E. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the forum included two workshops, both designed to educate teachers about the latest developments in the world of e-commerce, and the internet in general.

Gamal Magdy, the Director of Technology Solutions at Microsoft Gulf and Oman, led the first training workshop. The theme of his presentation was “Technology solutions in the field of e-commerce and internet security.”

Underlining the growing role of technology in everyday life, Magdy told the attendees: “Smartphone apps have become integral to everyone. Users are spending more and more time on apps rather than the websites.”

“The use of bots is also increasing, major companies are all using it, Whatsapp has announced that it will soon be bringing it. Another technology that is gaining traction is cloud computing, at Microsoft, we have Azure Cloud Computing Platform & Services.”

The second workshop, focused on “Secure shopping techniques and the best means of protection on Android devices” said Mohammed Gharaibeh, Head of Enterprise, Mobile Business at Samsung Gulf Electronics.

“eCommerce…Bahraini Platform…For Global Market” is an initiative by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism. The forum this year was hosted in association with the Bahrain Regional Center for Information and Communication Technology with the support of Bin Hindi Informatics and iMachines.

The opening ceremony saw H.E. Zayed R. Alzayani speaking in favor of cooperation between the government and private bodies in spreading awareness on e-commerce and the safe use of cutting-edge internet technologies.