Best Pub­lic Ser­vice Award for Min­istry of Man­power

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MUS­CAT: Win­ners of Sul­tan Qaboos Award for Ex­cel­lence in eGovern­ment 2018 were an­nounced yesterday evening at the Sul­tan Qaboos Univer­sity Cul­tural Cen­tre un­der the aus­pices of Dar­wish bin Is­mail Al Balushi, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs, in the pres­ence of Dr. Ahhmed bin Mo­ham­mad Al Fu­taisi, Min­is­ter of Trans­ports and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ITA’s Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors.

Some se­nior of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from par­tic­i­pat­ing gov­ern­ment and pri­vate en­ti­ties vy­ing for the hon­our to win one of the pres­ti­gious awards were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

This year, the award wit­nessed a great par­tic­i­pa­tion from gov­ern­ment and pri­vate en­ti­ties in the Sul­tanate as 64 projects sub­mit­ted, 47 of which from gov­ern­ment, 9 from pri­vate sec­tor and 8 from SMEs.

Award win­ners

Or­gan­ised by the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Au­thor­ity (ITA), the Award Cer­e­mony wit­nessed the an­nounce­ment of win­ners in 10 cat­e­gories, 7 cat­e­gories for the gov­ern­ment sec­tor and 3 cat­e­gories for the pri­vate sec­tor in­clud­ing one for SMEs.

The gov­ern­ment sec­tor win­ners in each cat­e­gory are: The Best Pub­lic Ser­vice – G2C Award was granted to Min­istry of Man­power In­form. The Award of the Best Pub­lic Ser­vice – Sup­port­ing Do­ing Busi­ness G2E went to Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment & Cli­mate Af­fairs MECA eSer­vices for Busi­ness. The Best Gov­ern­ment App for Smart De­vices G2C was granted to Royal Oman Police for Royal Oman Police Mo­bile App, while the award of Best Prac­tice in Com­mu­nity ePar­tic­i­pa­tion G2C awarded to the Min­istry of Man­power for Get In­volved ser­vice.

Bayan Sys­tem

In the cat­e­gory of the Best Whole of Gov­ern­ment Project, the Award went to the Royal Oman Police, for Bayan Sys­tem.

The Award of Best eTrans­for­ma­tion Achieve­ment was given to Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion. In the cat­e­gory of Best Open Data Ini­tia­tive went to Min­istry of Man­power for their Project called Data.

The award al­lo­cated for the Best Pri­vate Sec­tor eSer­vice cat­e­gory was granted to Oman Air­ports for Air­ports Data eSer­vices. Whereas the Best Pri­vate App for Smart De­vices award was with­held by the jury com­mit­tee as no project par­tic­i­pated met the cri­te­ria. For the SMEs, the cat­e­gory of Best SME eSer­vice was granted to Ed­lal eLearn­ing Plat­form and Sa­harata’shamil by Global Com­put­ers

On his speech at the Award Cer­e­mony, Dr. Ahmed Mo­hammed Al Fu­taisi, Chair­man of the ITA’s Board of Di­rec­tors, said, “The award, since its launch in 2010, aimed to bring about both a qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive trans­for­ma­tion in pub­lic-ser­vice de­liv­ery by hon­our­ing eGover­nance / tech­nol­ogy projects that have re­sulted in ex­cep­tional achieve­ments, im­pacts and in­no­va­tions by har­ness­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy as well as in­sur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised best prac­tices in ICT.

“Throughout the dif­fer­ent rounds of the award, it set in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised stan­dards and cri­te­ria for as­sess­ment of the qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency of dig­i­tal projects, thus pro­vided a path to­wards ex­cel­lence that gov­ern­ment and pri­vate en­ti­ties can lead to im­prove their eSer­vices.”

CER­E­MONY: The event was or­gan­ised at the Sul­tan Qaboos Univer­sity un­der the aus­pices of Dar­wish bin Is­mail Al Balushi, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs, in the pres­ence of Dr. Ahhmed bin Mo­ham­mad Al Fu­taisi, Min­is­ter of Trans­ports and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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