Dr. Elsa Estevez, Academic Programme Officer from the UNU-IIST Center for Electronic Governance, contributes to the 2nd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) e-Government Awards and Conference in Kuwait by chairing the Jury of the 2nd GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) e-Government Award.
The 2nd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) e-Government Awards and Conference took place in Kuwait City during 13-15 November 2011. Organized by the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) of Kuwait Government, the conference was attended by more than 200 delegates from Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, State of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as by invited participants from other countries.
The Minister of Electricity and Water and Acting Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Salem Al-Uthayna welcomed participants on behalf of the sponsor His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. On his speech, the Minister stressed that “e-Government is a crucial factor to help along overall development in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the choice tool to meet expectations of the younger generations in particular”.
During the opening ceremony , the Minister and the Director General of CAIT, Mr. Abdullatif Al-Suraie, handed the e-Government awards to the winners of each category: Dubai Health Authority, UAE – Best e-Content; Central Bank of Oman, Oman – Best Government Service to Business (G2B); Roads and Transport Authority, UAE – Best Government Service to Citizens (G2C); Information Technology Authority, Oman – Best Government to Government (G2G) Project; Emirates e-Government, UAE – Best Official State Portal; and Ministry of Education, Oman – Best Portal in the Development Sectors. In addition, the following agencies received e-Excellence Awards: Bahrain e-Government Authority, Bahrain (two e-Excellence Awards); Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Kuwait; Public Authority for Civil Information, Kuwait; Ministry of Civil Service, Oman; Higher Education Admission Centre, Oman; IctQatar Official Website, Qatar ; Government Contact Center, Qatar; General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE; Zakat Fund, UAE; Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia; and Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia.
The Minister and CAIT Director General also handed appreciation plaques to the Jury Chair - Dr. Elsa Estevez, UNU-IIST Academic Program Officer; and to the Jury members – Eng. Hanan Ahmed, Qatar; Dr. Bader Al-Manthari, Oman, Dr. Salah Al-Najem, Kuwait; Mr. Ahmed Buhazza, Bahrain; Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Elbadawi, UAE; Dr. Mansour Farah, Syria; and Eng. Walaa Reda Khayyat, Saudi Arabia.
More information about the 2nd GCC e-Government Awards and Conference is available here.