ITA conducts workshop on jury recommendations of HM awards

936102MUSCAT: In an effort to boost the electronic services in the Sultanate, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) organised a one-day workshop for the government entities participating in the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment 2016 to review the jury recommendations highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the participating projects. Participants from 28 government entities attended the workshop that was held in the Supreme Council for Planning with the participation of some officials from ITA and some jury members of 2016 award.
On the workshop’s objectives, Omar Salim al Shanfari, Deputy CEO for Operations at ITA, said: “This workshop comes to complement the ITA efforts in the development of eServices in the Sultanate and the development of the award in particular. We invited the government entities participating in the last edition of the award in order to review the projects’ strengths and weaknesses based on the jury’s report, and ultimately achieve e.oman strategy and provide electronic services that satisfy the ambition of the citizens and residents in the Sultanate.”
The workshop addressed two main points, which are the strengths of some participating projects as per the jury findings and this was presented by Dr Abdulmunim al Kharusi, a jury member in the fifth edition of the award.
In his presentation, Dr Al Kharusi emphasised the importance of cooperation between the working groups in each government entity and the need for community involvement in the development of eServices.
He also highlighted the importance of adopting the recommendations of the jury that are based on international standards. Dr Ahmed, jury member in the fifth edition of the award, presented the weaknesses of the projects involved and focused on the sustainability of services and its positive impact on beneficiaries and on the society in general.