National strategy for digital society, e-gov presented

MUSCAT: The State Council on Monday hosted the CEO and officials from Information Technology Authority (ITA) in the presence of the State Council Chairman, Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, members of the State Council and Dr Khalid bin Salem al Saidi, Secretary-General of the State Council. Dr Al Saidi welcomed Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, to make a visual presentation on the work of ITA, its services and how those services are utilised by the committees and members of the council to serve public interest. He further added that the council, within the framework of the cooperation established with various state institutions, has been hosting a number of stakeholders to highlight their work and contributions in various fields.
Dr Khalid stressed the growing importance of ICT as one of the engines of development in today’s world, and its remarkable influence on national progress, promoting development paths, based on capacity development of citizens and developing government services. He noted his delight in the Sultanate’s attention to the development of electronic services, confirming adherence to the high directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and noted that it was the outcome of the establishment of the Public Authority for Information Technology under the Royal Decree No (52/2006), to be the government body concerned with the development and operationalisation of government policies aimed at transforming the so-called smart government or digital transformation in addition to effecting a paradigm shift in the Sultanate towards a knowledge-based economy to achieve social and economic benefits for the society Omani.