With 64 submissions, Jury Session of Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment begins
21 Oct 2018
Organized by the Information Technology Authority )ITA(, the activities of the Jury Session of Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment 2018 began today Sunday in Kempinski Hotel, Almouj with the presence of Dr. Salim Bin Sultan Al-ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA and the jury members.
The jury committee consists of a number of international and local experts in eGovernment and participated in evaluating several international awards in the same field.
On this occasion, Dr. Salim Bin Sultan Alruzaiqi said “we’re pleased to begin the evaluation of the competing projects participating in the 6th round of Sultan Qaboos award for Excellence in eGovernment which reflects in each of its round, the progress made by government, private and SMEs in their competing projects the level of improvement in the delivery of eServices.”
“we trust that the carefully selected jury committee will make their decisions with complete partiality and will provide details reports consisting of recommendations and ways for improvements for the participating projects to enhance the eServices in the sultanate,” he further added.
Over the 5 days and according to the set criteria, the jury committee will evaluate 64 submitted projects: 47 projects from government entities, 9 projectsfrom private organizations and 8 projects from SMEs.
The jury session is final phase of the selection process of the winning projects and it works independently and impartially abiding by the award’s rules and guidelines, hence, the results of the jury committee are final and not subject to change.
In this round, the award comprises of 10 categories, 3 of which were newly added, distributed for government, private and SMEs sectors. The 2 new categories are for government entities which are Best Open Data Initiative and Best Government Application for Smart Devices. Whereas the third new category is specified for the private sector to the Best Private Application for Smart Devices. Hence, the government sector entities can compete in 7 different categories, namely: Best Open Data Initiative, Best Government Application for Smart Devices, Best government eService – individuals, Best whole of government Project, Best eService supporting doing business, Best Practice in Community eParticipation and Best eTransformation achievement. Whereas the private sector’s large organizations can compete in two categories, namely: Best Private Application for Smart Devices and Best Private eService. Besides, the Private sector ICT Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can participate, in one category: Best SME eService.
It is worth to mention that the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment started in 2010 to honor digital projects that have provided exceptional achievements and innovations in the use of information technology. The Award also aims to improve the quality of eServices and simplify its procedures to ensure greater confidence and public contribution.