posted on December 13, 2011 10:48
Winners announced for the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment 2011
13 Dec 2011
eExcellence is crowned in the Sultanate
• Ministry of Manpower Portal wins Best eContent Award
• Muscat Municipality wins Best eReadiness Award
• Oman Education Portal: Ministry of Education wins Best Award for Individual Project
• Employment Collaboration Project: Ministry of Manpower wins Best Award for Collaborative Project
• One-Stop-Shop: Ministry of Commerce & Industry wins the eEconomy Award
• Integrated Financial System: Ministry of Finance wins for Best eService for G2G
• Students Evaluation Report: Ministry of Education wins for Best eService for G2C
• eOffice: Ministry of Housing wins Best eService for G2E
• iMuscat: Muscat Municipality Portal wins Best eService for Mobile Services
Last evening the much anticipated Awards Ceremony was held to announce this year’s winners of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment. Winners in nine categories were announced at a special awards ceremony organized by the Information Technology Authority (ITA), which was held at the Grand Hall, Sultan Qaboos University Cultural Center, in Muscat, Oman.
The Award Ceremony was held under the auspices of H.H. Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said in the presence of HE Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Chairman of ITA; ITA Board members; Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA; and, a number of senior officials and representatives from participating government institutions vying for the honor to win one of the prestigious Awards. President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, was a keynote speaker and delivered a speech during the Award Ceremony.
The Award’s results were announced during the Ceremony. The Best eContent Award was granted to Ministry of Manpower Portal, while Muscat Municipality won the Best eReadiness Award. In the category of the Best eProject (Individual), the Award went to Oman Education Portal: Ministry of Education, while the Award of Best eProject (Collaborative) was given to the project of Employment Collaboration Project: Ministry of Manpower. The award allocated for the eEconomy category was granted to One-Stop-Shop: Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
The Award of the Best eService Government to Government was granted to Integrated Financial System: Ministry of Finance. The project which won the Award of the Best eService Government to Citizens was Students Evaluation Report: Ministry of Education, while the Award of the Best eService Government to Employees went to eOffice: Ministry of Housing. The winner in the category of the Best eService for Mobile Service was iMuscat: Muscat Municipality Portal. The Award of the Best eService Government to Business was withheld, as no submitted project complied with the Award criteria.
H.H. Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said Speech
On the occasion, His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said, said: "The award is conclusive evidence of the keenness of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said - may God protect him - on the progress of government performance to further accelerate development and advancement of government services. It is the pride and honor for each of the Award winners that the Award bears the name of His Majesty the Sultan and serves also as motivation and incentive to all, who will compete for the honor of winning this Award during the coming sessions. The Award program saw great competition between institutions participating during the stages through which the award was eventually crowned. The jury selected the projects most deserving to win and wished luck to the rest of the institutions that did not have the privilege of winning.
His Highness also confirmed that, “The Award plays a major role in supporting efforts to promote the Digital Oman Strategy and develop eGovernment services that support the progress of society.” H.H. stressed, “The Award reflects the interest in the government's efforts in the development of the government to promote managerial performance, economy, service and education.” H.H. indicated that the government agencies, which won today's Award, can assist in opening channels of communication between various segments of society and thus provide services as appropriate, which is what aspired to by the government.
Oman’s Digital Society
H.E. Ali Masoud Al Sunaidi, Chairman of the Board of ITA, delivered a speech at the outset of which he welcomed the Chief Guests of this event and the attendees. In his speech, he said, “The Sultanate has developed a national strategy for building Oman’s Digital Society and eGovernment. Such a strategy has included the implementation of numerous inter-connected and integrated projects such as the Oman Government Network, the National Data Centre, the Centre for Information Security (CIS), Oman’s National CERT and the ePayment Gateway. Moreover, the Official eGovernment Services Portal was launched to serve as the main access to information and services. These projects went hand in hand with the promulgation of legislation and laws regulating e-transactions in the Sultanate.
“The Sultanate has given its undivided attention to the development and building of Omani nationals’ abilities and skills in the area of IT. Through the implementation of the Government IT Training & Certification (GITTC) program, more than 45,000 government officials thus far have been trained. Another project offering specialized training programs to civil servants is also being implemented, with a view to qualifying and encouraging nationals to come up with new digital innovations. Additional programs which aim to train and spread awareness among nationals are being conducted as well through the Community Knowledge Centers (CKC’s) set up across the Sultanate. To date, approximately 24,000 Omani nationals have benefited from these programs.”
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