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The International Institute of Management sheds light on Bahrain’s experience in combating the Coronavirus

January 7, 2021

The Head of the Department of Innovation and Technology Management at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Dr. McMillan C Durugbo, recently participated in a session that was devoted to presenting the experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain in combating the outbreak of the coronavirus. The presentation was made during the participation of the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA), as part of the activities of the 90th International Institute for Administrative Sciences (IIAS) conference.

The session was titled “Public Governance for Climate Action”, in which Dr. Durugbo delivered the first presentation of the session, entitled: “Innovation from Crises: The Response of the Public Sector During the Outbreak of the Coronavirus.” This presentation is part of the research that was co-authored by Prof. Soud Al Mahamid and Prof. Odeh Al Jayyousi from AGU, as well as a Ph.D. graduate student from the Innovation Management programme at the University, Dr. Lulwa Hassan Budalamah, and Mrs. Batoul Bendi Merad from BIPA.

Using the case of Bahrain, the presentation offers lessons extracted from the responses to the COVID-19 and explores the frameworks of the public sector response as a crisis-driven innovation. Moreover, the presentation is based on a joint study prepared by BIPA in cooperation with AGU, and it works on developing a conceptual framework linking the responses of the crisis to innovation elements that have strengthened the response of the institutions of the public sector. Furthermore, the study provides key insights into the case of Bahrain and the role of the country in the digitisation of service and the integration of information and solutions that were designed as innovations in the context of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the study also emphasised the importance of forward-thinking leadership, transparency, and long-term solidarity as tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the response to the crisis.

The study was based on the visions of various Bahraini specialists in the field of public health, and it was acknowledged with the support of the National Taskforce for Combating COVID-19, the Ministry of Health, the Supreme Council of Health, the National Health Regulatory Authority, BIPA, and AGU.

Additionally, it is noteworthy that the 19th conference of the International Institute for Administrative Sciences (IIAS) was a virtual event held recently for a period of three days, and it gathered international experts in the field of public administration and strategy. IIAS is an international, non-profit scientific institute focused on public administration and policy that was founded in 1930 and headquartered in Brussels. At the conference, the aim of the held session, which was organised by BIPA, was to highlight Bahrain’s response to COVID-19 under the slogan “Bahrain’s Government Response to COVID-19”.