Best Public Service Award for Ministry of Manpower
Times News Service
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.
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.
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.