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Oman leaps 16 spots in UN survey



Muscat: Oman has been ranked forty-eighth of 193 member state countries, by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) E-Government survey report 2014.

This is a remarkable improvement from the 2012 ranking which was sixty-four. The 16-rank improvement is due to many factors under the e.oman flagship and the movement towards the E-Government Transformation Plan.

"Without a doubt, the Sultanate is moving in the right direction towards implementing the national strategy of e.oman. Being at the 48 rank in 2014 by a move of 16 ranks ahead out of 193 UN state members is a milestone and a proof of the efforts exerted in the past two years," said Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Information Technology Authority (ITA).

Global recognition
"This international recognition comes in a time in which the Sultanate is gaining other international recognitions too, including the recent UN Public Service Award to the Ministry of Health's Omani Nurse-Midwife Project." Al Ruzaiqi concluded.

Under this year's theme 'E-Government for the Future We Want', the United Nations E-Government Survey Report 2014 presents a systematic assessment of the use and potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to transform the public sector by enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, access to public services and citizen participation in the 193 member states of the United Nations at all levels of development.  

Kuwait also jumps
Oman and Kuwait have moved up 16 and 14 ranks respectively, while Bahrain topped the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) countries by 18 ranks with a very high E-Government Development Index (EGDI).

The UAE, however, dropped 4 ranks this year, but has still managed to maintain high EGDI along with the rest of GCC countries.

All GCC countries rank within top 10 in Western Asia due to high gross domestic product represented by strong factors of high literacy levels, small populations and governments' diversions towards further investments in the Information and Communication Technology, and subsequently offer their citizens advanced e-services and information accessible in an effortless way.

Top 50 performers
With regard to E-participation global ranking, Oman is positioned among the top 50 performers in e-participation along with UAE, Bahrain and Qatar.

This ranking is based on a number of criteria mainly availability of government data to the public, existence of databases on education, health and finance including government spending and social welfare. It is also based on the availability of social networking features.

The UN member states are ranked in accordance with the E-Government Development Index (EGDI), which is a composite indicator measuring the willingness and capacity of national administrations to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to deliver public services.

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