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Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:20:00 EST
Theresa Pardo Invited to Serve on the Selection Committee for Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment
Theresa Pardo (third from left) seated with international members of the Jury, who were invited by the government of Oman to select the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment.
In a press conference held to announce the award last March, Nasser al Khusaibi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Economy and Chairman of ITA’s Board of Directors, said: “It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we received the approval of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for the allocation of an award for proficiency in the area of e-Government services. The award is expected to be an important incentive in the application of digital technologies in e-Government services.”
The selection committee—referred to as the Jury—met at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Oman from October 17-19. The Jury Panel members were chosen by the government of Oman in collaboration with the United Nations. Members were selected from leading countries in the field of eGovernment services in order to ensure objectivity and independence of the evaluation and arbitration process. In addition to the United States, countries represented on the Jury included Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Korea, France, Morocco, United Kingdom, India, Egypt, Syria, and Estonia.
Over three days, the Jury members discussed, assessed and shortlisted eighty-three projects submitted by thirty-seven governmental institutions in five categories of the Award. The five categories were: eContent, eService, eReadiness, eProject, and eEconomy.
In general, the successful nominations in each category needed to demonstrate one or all of the following criteria:
- Use of ICT to improve common services on national level (i.e. measuring the social benefit).
- Efficient use of current technology; development of innovative services.
- Evaluating the potential of new innovative means of communication and information distribution.
- Improve effeciency and transparency in eGovernment.
The names of winners will be given through an official announcement and awards presented at a ceremony to be held December 28, 2010 in Oman.
For more information: http://www.ita.gov.om/HMAward/english/index.htm