From left - Lebanon's Minister from Office of the Minister of State and Administrative Reform (OMSAR), His Excellency Chamseddine Ibrahim, Lebanese Prime Minister His Excellency Fouad Siniora, Malaysia's Ambassador to the Lebanon, Dato' Mohammad Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) CEO Dato' Badlisham Ghazali
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 MAY 2009 Lebanon is to adopt Malaysia's smart card solution, according to Malaysian government agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
MDeC chief executive officer Dato' Badlisham Ghazali said: MDeC led a fact-finding mission to Beirut in 2007 to assess the feasibility of using smart card technology in e-government applications in Lebanon.
Technical assistance would now be given to help develop a smart card solution for the Lebanese government, said Badlisham. The pilot application will target health benefits offered by the government to the citizens of Lebanon.
Malaysia's ambassador to Lebanon, Dato' Mohammad Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman handed over the framework requirement study report for the Lebanese e-Government Smartcard application to the Lebanese Prime Minister H.E. Fouad Siniora. We hope that similar technical assistance from the government of Malaysia will continue and pave the way for future cooperation and experience sharing among more advanced countries for the mutual development of society, said the ambassador.
Representatives from the Lebanese Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, National Social Security Fund and Cooperative Fund were also among the key stakeholders who attended the ceremony in Beirut.
Malaysia as key ICT developer
Badlisham said Malaysia continues to be the centre of innovation for the creation of outstanding ICT products, solutions and services. MSC Malaysia's capabilities have attracted the attention of many organisations and countries around the globe and this strengthens our position as a key developer of ICT products and services.
This opportunity will open new markets for MSC Malaysia exports to Lebanon, said Badlisham. The initial implementation phase of the project is estimated to touch at least US$29 million (RM100 million) and will pave the way for MSC Malaysia Smartcard solutions to be adopted in the public and private health sectors in Lebanon and the Middle East.
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