Muscat: The Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in e-Government 2012 were presented yesterday at a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre of Sultan Qaboos University. Speaking on the occasion, Eng. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, the Commerce and Industry Minister, and chairman of Information Technology Authority, said that for the first time the awards have been opened for private sector organisations as we believe that the private sector complements the government sector in many ways.
He said that e-Government Transformation Plan is going smoothly as the current focus is on the second phase out of the six phases planned. He added, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) is putting lots of efforts in creating the right IT ambience in Oman. He said, "We are engaged in training 500 Omani youth for the e-content project so that they can be an asset for growth of the IT sector."
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web (www), also spoke on the occasion.
Mohammad Al Zubair, adviser to His Majesty for Economic Planning Affairs and Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, chief executive officer of ITA, presented the awards to the winners.
Best e-content award was bagged by Royal Oman Police for its e-police automation system while the best e-service government to government award was pocketed by Ministry of Civil Services for its Mawrid services.
Public Establishment for Industrial Establishment (PEIE) won the e-project individual award for its estate management system. Ministry of Interior won the e-service government to people service award for its system of shura and municipal council elections.
The e-service government to employees award was grabbed by Ministry of Commerce and Industries for its documents archiving and correspondence. Ministry of Education's Oman education portal won the e-service mobile communication award. The Ports Service Corporation won the public service award for its customer-used interface system.
The e-readiness award was picked up by Ministry of Manpower while Bank Muscat bagged the mobile service award. The e-service government to private sector award was bagged by Royal Oman Police for its National Registration System.
In all 57 projects presented by 30 public and private establishments vied for the honours.
Organised by the ITA the awards aspires to make qualitative transformation in the field of e-Government services by honouring digital projects that deliver exceptional innovation and achievement in the field of information technology.
The award also aims to honour excellent performance, apply international standards in evaluating the degree of development in e-Services, support the Digital Oman strategy, as well as strengthen IT and telecommunications in the fields of economic, social and cultural development.