Abu Dhabi's fledgling programme to modernise its "e-government" services was recognised with a pan-Arab award yesterday. The Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Committee, created two years ago, won the award for government and education implementation of the year at the fourth annual ACN Arab Technology awards. It was recognised for what judges said were distinguished efforts to unify IT standards and security across the emirate's government departments.
Officials were presented with the award at the Westin Dubai Hotel yesterday. The category attracted 17 entrants, six of which were shortlisted for the prize. Rashid al Mansoori, the committee's chairman, said: "We are very proud and happy to win this award. "We at ADSIC will spare no effort to modernise the government according to the highest global standards. Being operational for less than two years, ADSIC has reached the highest level of standards. We strongly believe that success is a journey and not just a destination".
The committee has in two years planned several initiatives, including the virtual job market website Jobs Abu Dhabi, which matches available job opportunities with qualified job-seekers. Other ADSIC programmes include the Abu Dhabi Government contact centre and Abu Dhabi Government internet portal, which allow residents easier access to government information and officials. ADSIC has also provided computer training to authority employees.
Mr Mansoori said the award was confirmation that the committee was already excelling in ensuring "comprehensive, secure and high-performing e-government in the emirate of Abu Dhabi". The ACN Arab Technology awards were created to recognise excellence in business and government information technology programmes. Judges said the award for implementation of the year went to the project that best demonstrated the effective incorporation and use of technology in the public sector.
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Aluminium company also won awards in their categories. * The National