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HM Award for Excellence in eGovernment Announced
Source: http://main.omanobserver.om/node/131803
Source Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: Oman (Sultanate of)
Created: Dec 06, 2012

The much-anticipated ceremony to announce this year’s winners of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment was held at the Sultan Qaboos Unviersity Cultural Centre yesterday. Winners in ten categories were announced at a special awards ceremony organised by the Information Technology Authority (ITA).

The Best eContent Award was granted to Royal Oman Police for their project, ePolice Automation System, while Ministry of Manpower won the Best eReadiness Award. In the category of the Best eService – G2G, the Award went to the Human Resource Management System "Mawrid" for Ministry of Civil Service.

The Award for the Best eService – G2B, was given to the National Registration System (NRS) for the Royal Oman Police. The Best eService – G2C Award was granted to System of Shura Election and Municipal Councils Election in Ministry of Interior. The Award of the Best eService – G2E went to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for their project Documents Archiving and Correspondence System.

The award allocated for the Best eService Mobile category was granted to the Oman Educational Portal for Ministry of Education. The Award of the Best eProject Individual was given to the Estate Management System: Public Establishment for Industrial Estates.
Two new Awards dedicated specifically for the private sector were awarded for the first time this year. The Best Public eService Award went to the Port Services Corporation for their project, Port Services Corporation Customer User Interface. The Award for Best Public Mobile Service was granted to the mBanking App for Bank Muscat. The Awards of the Best eEconomy and eProject — Collaborative were withheld, as no submitted project complied with the Award criteria.

The event was held under the auspices of Mohammad bin al Zubair, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Economic Planning Affairs, and in the presence of Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Chairman of the Information Technology Authority (ITA), Dr Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, along with senior officials and representatives from participating government institutions vying for the honour to win one of the prestigious Awards.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web (www), also attended the award ceremony and delivered a keynote speech on the occasion, where he spoke about the developments in the field of information technology and shared his outlook for the sector in the Sultanate.

Addressing the gathering, Al Sunaidy said:“The Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment has been designed since its inception to be of the same world-class standard as any other prestigious international award in this domain.

To this end, strict criteria were laid down and a Jury Panel, fully independent of the Award Administration, was formed for each of the three editions of the Award, complete with a Chairman and Members meticulously selected from amongst international experts well-known for their achievements and remarkable international participations in the field of eGovernment as well as IT projects.

“This year, and for the first time, the private sector has been allowed to participate in the Award competition, based on our firm belief in the role of this essential and vital sector in supporting the over-all development in the country, which was stressed by His Majesty the Sultan at the 5th Session of the Council of Oman 2012, as His Majesty reiterated that the private sector is a main pillar in the economic and social development process.”
On the path of reaching a knowledge-based society, Al Sunaidy talked about the eGovernment Transformation Plan saying, “Last October marked the launch of the eGovernment Transformation Plan, as adopted by the Council of Ministers, which is a national plan aimed at promoting a comprehensive transition towards the concept of eGovernment, as per prescribed rules and criteria and a specific timeframe. As was clarified earlier, it comprises 6 stages, the first of which, already under progress, focuses on ensuring that the public bodies meet a set of requirements that will enable them to move to more advanced stages, until they are able to provide integrated eServices for the citizens across the Sultanate.”

During the ceremony, a 3D visual presentation was shown that shed light on the efforts exerted by the IT specialists in the electronic world, giving a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes activities that go on in the development of eServices. Another visual presentation about the processes of evaluation and organisation was also shown.

During this presentation, the members of the International Jury talked about their opinions on the Award and its importance, as well as their impressions on the level of the projects participating in this year’s competition. The Jury members also spoke about its recommendations as to further developing the Award and eGovernment projects in the Sultanate.
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