Oman receives key UN awards

MUSCAT- Oman has scooped four United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) at the UN and Africa Public Service Forum held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Published: Tue 28 Jun 2011, 9:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:34 AM

Winning the honours for the sultanate were the Information Technology Authority (ITA), the Ministry of Civil Service, the Ministry of Education and the National Association for Cancer Awareness.

The theme of the 2011 forum was “Transformative Leadership in Public Administration and Innovation in Governance: Creating a Better Life for All.”

ITA was a first-place winner with its “Transforming the Society through the e.oman Communication Strategy’” in the category of “Advancing Knowledge Management in Government.”

The Ministry of Education was another first-place winner in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Public Services’ with its Education Portal”. Also a first-place finisher was the Ministry of Civil Service for the Central Recruiting System’ in the Preventing and combating corruption in the public service’ category.

National Association for Cancer Awareness finished in second place for its Mobile Mammography Unit’ in the category of Promoting gender-responsive delivery of public services’. The sultanate was the only country to have won three first-place awards in three separate categories.

The UN Public Service Award is the most prestigious international award in the field of public service and recognises the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions which lead to a more effective and responsive public service administration in countries worldwide.

Through an annual competition, the awards promote the role, professionalism, and visibility of public service. Each year there are only five categories with two winners per category. Since the commencement of the UNPSA in 2003, few countries have won these prestigious awards. Oman won awards in 2003 (Muscat Municipality), 2009 (Royal Oman Police), 2010 (Ministry of Health), and now, four awards in 2011.

eGovernment services

“The achievement made in winning this international award is important to promote eGovernment services and thus achieve the strategic objectives of Oman’s Digital Society,” Dr Salim Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, said commenting on the authority’s triumph in Dar es Salaam.

“This forum is a good opportunity to share what the Sultanate of Oman has achieved with respect to the 2011 United Nations Public Service Awards,” Vincenzo Aquaro, Chief, eGovernment Branch for the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said. Aquaro was the highest-ranking United Nation official participating in the conference.

“The awards,” he added, “are an opportunity to share innovation and quality and we are very glad that Oman has received four awards for its public service.”

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