Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

e-Governance in Oman is on right track UN expert  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 22/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The sultanate is rapidly developing its e-government services but a lot more needs to be done for it to be better than other GCC nations, an UN expert has said.

Richard Kerby, senior inter-regional advisor on e-Government and Knowledge Management, UN is in Muscat to attend a symposium, Excellence in e-Government that began at Shangri La's Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa on Monday.

''I think Oman, and GCC in general are doing well in developing e-government strategies. There is still more work to be done. If Oman continues to work the way it's doing now, it can do better than its GCC counterparts,'' Kerby said. ''One of the challenges is to have an open e-government platform in place and ensure its implementation. Also, citizens should be encouraged to provide their inputs to the government.''

Kerby said that going for an open government system is a matter of strategy. ''It is a major challenge, but not impossible. As long as the government has the right strategy, it can be done. Open government is a long-term process and it needs enough time especially when you are creating a new environment.''

Kerby said that the sultanate needs to take some steps to fast-track the process. ''Open data offers a platform to facilitate knowledge sharing, skills development and capacity building for sustainable development. Partnership with data entrepreneurs and the private sector will advance implementation.

''E-governance should be seen as a holistic process to transform governments. The transformative changes entail not only the design and implementation of innovative practices, but more fundamentally a transformation of government's role, functions, institutional frameworks and processes.'' Talal Sulaiman al Rahbi, deputy secretary general of the Supreme Council for Planning, who was the chief guest at the symposium, said, ''This symposium is being held at a time when most of the government and private agencies are looking to participate in the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment 2014. We look forward to see new projects and services in this year's edition.''

He said that e-government is not confined to the word 'electronic' but is more about enhancing performance, transparency, simplicity and providing better services to the public.

''The UN eGovernment Survey Report 2014 that measures the sultanate's progress in e-government services will be released soon,'' Rahbi said.

Dr Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of Information Technology Authority said, ''We urge the public and private sectors to take advantage of the available information and communication technology in facilitating government services. We are working with various institutions to implement the e-government strategy to move towards an IT-based


 


Muscat Daily




  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 1 2015 - Qatar Airways refutes US carriers' subsidy claimsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar Airways (QA), in a 'white paper' submitted to the US, has refuted the subsidy allegations against it by the 'Big 3' US carriers.The submission addressed and answered all issues raised ...

 Aug 1 2015 - S&P confirms Doha Insurance rating at 'A'MENAFN
(MENAFN) Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'A' insurer financial strength and counterparty credit ratings on Qatar-based Doha Insurance Co. QSC (DIC). The outlook remains ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Foreign firms eye USD5b Saudi gas projectMENAFN
(MENAFN) Foreign engineering firms have submitted bids to build a gas plant in eastern Saudi Arabia for Saudi Aramco at an estimated cost of USD5 to USD6 billion, industry sources said.Saudi Aramco's ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Qatar- S&P affirms DIC ratings at 'A'The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Standard & Poor's Ratings Services yesterday affirmed its 'A' insurer financial strength and counterparty credit ratings on Qatar-based Doha Insurance Co. QSC (DIC). The ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Yemen shelling kills 4 on Saudi borderThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Rocket fire from war-wracked Yemen on Friday killed threeSaudi soldiers and a member of a paramilitary force, in the deadliest border incident for several weeks, the interior ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US rebel baseThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the ...

 Aug 1 2015 - 4 killed as Saudi private jet crashesThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Pilot and three passengers are killed after Saudi private jet crashes into a car dealership near Hampshire airport after overshooting the runway as it tried to land.The small ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Palestinian baby dies in home attackThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Suspected Jewish settlers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank yesterday, killing an 18-month-old boy and seriously injuring his parents and elder brother, an ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Houthis lose ground in Yemen's southThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Southern Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led air coalition seized more territory from Houthi militiamen near Aden yesterday, while three Saudi soldiers were killed when the ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Kurdish attack kills two Turkish copsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Two more Turkish police were killed yesterday in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants as tensions in the country boiled over amid the military's cross-border bombing ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help