Oman Witnesses Launch of e-Governance Awards Scheme

Organized by Oman’s Information Technology Authority (ITA), the ‘Sultan Qaboos Awards for Excellence in e-governance,’ – named after Oman’s ruler – is, for the first time, being opened to the private sector.  Until now, it has only been accessible for government organizations so this is a huge change and a very positive move for Oman’s private businesses.  It is hoped that bringing this opportunity to businesses throughout the country will increase competition, and thus quality for customers.

Private and public sector companies will now be given a chance to take part in the competition and, at the same time, compete for a coveted award.  According to the CEO of ITA, Dr. Salim Al Ruzaiqi, opening the competition to this new sector will enable private companies to take part in boosting the efforts to establish a developed digital environment in the Sultanate, by “providing electronic services to different segments of society.”  Two additional parts of the competition have been added for the first time this year: Best Public eService and Best Public Mobile Service.  There will still be the regular competitions too, that are always in place for the government sector — Best eContent, Best eServices, Best eProject, Best eEconomy, and eReadiness.

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