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Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award

15 May 2018
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award
Minister of ICT honors winners of 5th e-Government Achievement Award

In a ceremony held on Monday under his patronage, His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, honored 21 projects of 20 government entities that won the categories of the Saudi e-Government Achievement Award (eAward) in its fifth edition. The winners were honored in the presence of Their Excellencies Ministers and senior e-government officials of the winners, at Crown Plaza Hotel, Al RAIDAH Digital City, Riyadh.

Opening the eAward ceremony, His Excellency Eng. Al-Swaha welcomed the attendees and extended appreciation to the generous support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman -may Allah save him- for the Saudi ICT sector in general and digital transformation in particular.

Eng. Al-Swaha pointed out that this event is an opportunity to review the Kingdom's progress in digital transformation as well as to honor the outstanding efforts exerted in this field, noting at the same time that these efforts have driven the remarkable and continued progress in the Kingdom in digital transformation. In addition, His Excellency stressed that these efforts aim to enrich the lives of citizens by providing services that meet their needs at a high level of performance and raising the digital efficiency of the government entities in the Kingdom, congratulating all government winners for their success and excellence in this regard. He also indicated that this competition by government entities has a significant impact on the progress of the Kingdom in all international and regional forums.

For his part, Eng. Ali Al-Assiri, Award Supervisor and Director-General of e-Government Program (Yesser), said that the seven categories of the Award have witnessed great competition by government entities, emphasizing that the number of projects submitted to the arbitration panel reached 191 government projects submitted by about 56 entities, plus 32 individual submissions. He also stated that the is an important and effective encouragement tool, highlighting its role in urging everyone to make further progress in digital transformation.

Furthermore, Eng. Al-Assiri reviewed the Award’s vision, mission and objectives, noting that the award comes as a motive for creativity and a catalyst for government entities to make achievements in implementation of electronic services, and accomplish greater cooperation among them towards delivery of better service to the society. He added that the award also seeks to cause tangible development in the performance of government entities and spotlight their outstanding achievements, as well as to consolidate the concept of the electronic environment in serving the society.

Eng. Al-Assiri said that the eAward this year has various categories, including provision of better service to society members (G-C), strengthening national economy (G-B), cooperation between government entities to provide better services (G-G), e-Participation (Beneficiary Voice), e-services via smart devices (S-Government), Individual Contribution, and Leadership.

Al-Assiri emphasized that the Arbitration Board of the eAward has applied strict criteria in the evaluation of the nominated projects, pointing out that they have taken into account codified and clear criteria and worked independently to reach objective and impartial results without any interference by Yesser after careful consideration of all the services and projects nominated for the eAward. He indicated that the Board consists of an elite of international independent experts and professionals from outside Yesser and its officials, whose members were selected based on their experiences and contributions to a number of international awards.

Concluding his speech, Al-Assiri thanked all government entities that participated in the competition, including winners and non-winners, adding that all participants achieved a positive point in their professional process as a result of participation.

The eAward ceremony was held yesterday, where the Minister of ICT honored the government projects that won under the various categories of the eAward. Under the first category of the eAward (G-C), winners included ‘Ain’ service (Ministry of Education) which provides a system of electronic educational services and solutions, ‘E-track’ service (Ministry of Hajj) which provides a system of electronic booking and contracting for pilgrims (Hajjis) from within Saudi Arabia, ‘Fawri’ service (King Abdulaziz University) for instant electronic admission, which enables students to complete admission electronically without the need to visit the university.

Under the second category (G-B), winners were ‘com.cr.sa’ service (Ministry of Commerce and Investment), which enables users to found their companies electronically without the need to visit any of the ministry’s offices, ‘e-Modon’ service (Saudi Industrial Property Authority “Modon”) which allows applying for rental of industrial land equipped with logistical services, ‘Trade Fair License’ service (Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage) which enables applicants to apply for a trade fair license.

For the third category (G-G), winners included ‘Remote Trial’ service (Ministry of Justice) which aims to reduce the time of litigation and save time and effort with all judicial guarantees, ‘Smart License’ service (General Investment Authority), and ‘Service Implementation System’ service (Ministry of Civil Service).

Under the fourth category (Beneficiary Voice), achievers were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for providing platform for electronic contribitions to improve and develop its e-services, Riyadh Municipality for its ‘Fakra’ service by which the Municipality aimed to enhance participation and interaction of beneficiaries of its services, and King Khalid University for it ‘Beneficiary Voice’ service that was developed to receive the suggestions and complaints and refer them to the competent University departments.

In the fifth section (S-Government), achievers included the General Directorate of Public Security (Ministry of Interior) for their application ‘kamnapp’, General Organization for Social Insurance for their application ‘Taminaty’, and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection for their application ‘Arsad’.

Achievers under the sixth category (Individual Contribution) involve Bassim Oudah Al-Baladi for his idea named (Awafi), and Haifa Abdullah Al Theeban for her idea of ​​‘Madad’ portal.

The seventh category (e-Leadership) included two sub-categories. The first one is for the top performers in the 7th e-Government Transformation Measurement, where winners included the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, King Saud University, King Faisal University. The second sub-category was allocated for the top improvers in the 7th e-Government Transformation Measurement, namely the General Directorate of Border Guards, Saudi Red Crescent Authority and Qassim University.

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