For the 4th year in row, the Sultanate bags a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize stamping another international success towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).
The Ministry of Manpower has won a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize in Geneva, Switzerland, for its E-employment System, in the category ICT Applications.
WSIS Prizes’ winning projects were announced during the WSIS Forum 2015, which is taking place at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, in the period from 25th to 29th May 2015, with a wide international participation of government bodies and institutions involved in IT, and private institutions and individuals concerned with IT from around the world.
The WSIS Project Prizes 2015 provides the platform to showcase success stories and models that could be easily replicated, to empower the community at the local level to give the chance to everyone to participate in the contest and mainly to recognize the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to society and commitment towards achieving WSIS goals.
Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, headed the Sultanate participation in the Forum and he delivered a statement at the opening of the Forum in which he pointed at some key achievements made in eGovernment, mobile connectivity and capacity building “As at the end of 2014, 70 per cent of the government agencies have formulated their eTransformation Plan to streamline processes and procedures to achieve greater operational efficiency in a sustainable manner.”
“This is now, a national KPI and it is being perceived as a key milestone for the ‘Whole of Government’ unified vision. Our pursuit of sustainability through the delivery of critical services such as in education, health and equal opportunities for employment online has brought about economic, social and environmental impact,” he added.
“We have now moved higher in the value chain by building capacity within the community through digital literacy. We have achieved nearly 80 per cent of the ICT training in different population segments in the country. Oman has one of the highest literacy rates in the GCC region, with 99.3 per cent of the youth between 15 to 24 years as an all-time high literacy rate. Being connected means freedom, opportunity and empowerment for growth,” he concluded.
“With a high mobile penetration rate of 157 per cent, PC penetration rate of 83 per cent, with 73 per cent of mobiles connected to the Internet as of March 2015, Oman is leapfrogging into the frontiers of m-government and smart government through one-stop-service delivery online and via smart devices,” Dr. Al Ruzaiqi added.