Saudi Arabia wins 6 awards in the first round of “Arab...

          "Trade" in the Kingdom is crowned with the best Arab Ministry and the Egyptian Minister of Planning as the best minister            

Saudi government entities and initiatives won the lion’s share in the race for the first round of the Arab Government Excellence Award, which was launched by the UAE government in cooperation with the League of Arab States, represented by the Arab Administrative Development Organization with the aim of contributing to administrative development and governmental institutional excellence, stimulating leadership thought, and celebrating successful administrative and governmental experiences. in the Arab world.

Saudi Arabia won 6 awards. The Saudi Ministry of Trade won the Best Arab Ministry Award in the Institutional Awards, while the Food and Drug Authority in Saudi Arabia won the Best Arab Governmental Award.

The awards were announced at a ceremony held under the patronage of Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of , where the Board of Trustees of the Arab Government Excellence Award announced the names of the first session prize winners, during a virtual ceremony in which a number of ministers and officials and representatives participated. From Arab governments, in the presence of Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and members of the Award’s Board of Trustees.

Enterprise development

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “We congratulate the winners, and we say to everyone who nominated and did not win, continue to develop, and to all Arab government officials, do not stop developing your institutions, the stability of our Arab world, the development of its economy, and the prosperity of his life. And building the future of its children is entirely in your hands, your mission is great and historic. ”

He added, “I congratulate the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the victory of the Ministry of Trade in the Kingdom, as the best ministry in the Arab world among more than 5,000 Arab government participation, (Vision 2030) led by Prince Muhammad that resulted in Arab governmental experiences. Unprecedented global rivalry ».

Saudi Ministry of Commerce

The Saudi Ministry of Commerce won the Arab Government Excellence Award as the best Arab ministry among more than 5,000 Arab government participation, as a result of institutional excellence in accordance with the best international standards, and the adoption of concepts of innovation and development, and performance governance to achieve goals and strategies related to the vision.

The Ministry has also achieved the award for the best government service in the Arab world for the service of “founding your company”, which enables electronic establishment of companies within 30 minutes after automating all procedures.

Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, Saudi Minister of Trade, confirmed that «the Ministry of Commerce’s winning of the Arab Government Excellence Award sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as the best Arab Ministry, is a new achievement for our dear nation, which is one of the fruits of (the Kingdom’s Vision 2030), praising the creative efforts and hard work of the trade team. .

Over the past years, the Ministry of Commerce has worked on restructuring and adopting a new organizational structure in line with (Vision 2030) to include a special agency for customer service, a general department for business governance and an office for the transformation management in the ministry, as well as its strategy for its work to improve the commercial environment and align it with the goals of the vision, and to be a model For institutional excellence at the regional level.

The Ministry attracted qualified competencies in various fields, and worked to enhance job engagement, as it reached 80 percent in 2019, which is higher than the global average, and the highest among government agencies during 3 consecutive years, and the percentage of employees who were trained increased to more than 90 percent, as well. It strengthened the community participation of employees and expanded the training and qualification of youth and students, and the application of all the provisions of the specification of social responsibility «ISO 2600» and the Ministry was keen in its work to facilitate the start and practice of commercial activity, as 5 procedures were shortened in one step to start a business electronically, and to reduce the period of establishment Companies from 15 days to 30 minutes, and automating services, bringing the percentage of customers who are served electronically to 97 per cent, in addition to expanding customer centers with the concept of a comprehensive employee.

The system of legislation has been strengthened by preparing and developing nearly 60 legislations, including: systems, regulations and regulations, most notably: “the e-commerce system, the commercial franchise system, the professional companies system, the commercial mortgage system, the anti-concealment system,” and others.

The reforms and improvements implemented by the ministry contributed to Saudi Arabia achieving a qualitative leap by 103 ranks in the index of starting a commercial activity – which is supervised by the ministry – to reach the 38th globally, and the 3rd globally in the protection index for the minority of investors according to the Ease of Business 2020 report issued by the World Bank. Among the top 10 developing countries in e-commerce, the efforts of digital transformation have contributed to the classification of the Ministry’s transactions within the Platinum category in the maturity of electronic services according to the (Yesser) program for electronic transactions.

Sub-prizes

In the sub-prizes category of the award, the “Optimal Use of Antibiotics” project from the Ministry of Health in Bahrain won the award for the best Arab government project for the development of the health sector. Both the Economic and Customs Information Governance Service for Trade Facilitation (Horizon) won from the Customs Affairs of the Ministry of Interior in Bahrain, and the service “Farajat” of the General Directorate of Prisons at the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia, and the “Mobile Licensing” service of Public Security in Jordan won the best initiative for a government development experience. The Benban Solar Energy Project in Egypt won the award for the best Arab government project for infrastructure development, and the Elite Industry Project from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in Bahrain won the Best Arab Government Project award for youth empowerment.

The supplementary support project “Takaful” at the National Aid Fund in Jordan, and the Khatwa household projects project at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Bahrain won the Best Arab Government Project Award for Community Development.

The innovation system in the Ministry of Labor in Oman won the award for the best Arab government project for the development of education, and for the best smart Arab government application award. It was won by the “Real Estate Consultant” application from the Real Estate Development Fund in Saudi Arabia, and the implementation of the National System for Suggestions and Complaints “Tawasul” for the Authority. Information and e-government in Bahrain, and the “Found your Company” application of the Ministry of Commerce in Saudi Arabia.

New business rules and conditions

Mohammed Al-Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Government Excellence Award, said during his speech at the ceremony: “In light of the conditions in which the (Covid-19) epidemic imposes new rules and conditions of work in the world, the Arab Government Excellence Award could not have come at a better time. The objectives and prospects of the award translate the vision from which it was originally launched. It is to redesign future governments in the Arab world, so that they work to develop modern work mechanisms and develop innovative tools and solutions to address emerging challenges.

On the other hand, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, affirmed that “the Arab Government Excellence Award targets all government agencies, leaders and government employees in Arab countries, and because it is a prize specialized in Arab government excellence, and aims to spread the culture of quality and excellence in Arab government institutions in order to enhance the practices of Good governance and optimal use of resources, and creating a positive leadership thought to adopt the concept of excellence, and focus on improving performance and continuous development in Arab government agencies, and because it serves as a platform for the exchange of best Arab government practices and experiences.

On the other hand, Dr. Nasser Ali Al-Qahtani, Director General of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development, emphasized that the Arab Government Excellence Award aims to provide an Arab roadmap to reach the distinction of Arab institutions, and this idea would not have seen the light without the support the initiative received from the UAE government and the generous patronage For Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Individual awards

The winners of the individual prizes were announced and honored individuals with outstanding performance, who were able to make a significant impact and positive change on the entities to which they belong or on the sectors in which they work.

Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development in Egypt, won the Best Arab Minister Award, which was evaluated by an external company, as well as the Best Arab Governor Award, Major General Adel Ghadhban, Governor of Port Said Governorate in Egypt, and won the Best General Manager Award for an Arab Authority or Institution, Engineer Muhammad Al-Mawkali, CEO of the National Water Company in Saudi Arabia, and Ahmed Al-Manfuhi, Director of Kuwait Municipality, won the award for the best municipality manager in Arab cities.

Colonel Salah El Din Al Tarabsheh, consultant cardiac surgeon at the Queen Alia Center for Cardiac Diseases and Surgery in Jordan, won the award in the best Arab government employee category, and the best Arab government employee award for Mona Mashaal, who is a principal researcher and consultant for plant protection affairs at the National Center for Agricultural Research in Jordan. El-Sayed, Director of the Technology Center in the Awal Montazah neighborhood in Egypt.

Egypt celebrates winning 4 awards

Yesterday, the Egyptian government celebrated the reaping of three of its officials and one of its projects for four awards for Arab government excellence, organized by the UAE in cooperation with the League of Arab States, and received about 5,000 entries.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and said in a tweet on his official Twitter account: “I congratulate His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for winning the Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala Al-Saeed as the best A minister in the Arab world … government development during the era of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is making measured leaps.

The Egyptian Cabinet congratulated the Egyptian officials who won the first session of the “Arab Government Excellence Award”, whose prizes were announced virtually via “video conference”, with the participation of Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States.

And Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, was awarded; The Best Minister Award in the Arab World, and Major General Adel Ghadhban, Governor of Port Said; The best Arab governor. The Benban solar energy complex project won the award for the best Arab government project for infrastructure development, and the Director of the Citizen Service Technology Center in Al-Montazah District in Alexandria Governorate, Noha Al-Sayed, won the best Arab government employee award.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said that “President Sisi has broad interest in the files of digital transformation and facilitating the performance of government services to citizens,” stressing “the important role played by the Arab Government Excellence Award, which is organized under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed. Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in cooperation between the government of the sisterly United Arab Emirates and the Arab Organization for Administrative Development in the League of Arab States, to make a huge leap in government performance, in addition to enhancing the spirit of competition to provide the best services to citizens in all Arab societies, especially with the strong trend towards performance These services are electronically in light of the digital transformation that the Arab countries are witnessing at the current stage.

The Cabinet called on all officials and workers in the state’s administrative apparatus to “continue maximizing performance each in his position, to develop government performance and improve the level of services provided to citizens, while activating participation in this award in its next rounds.”

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