Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has won the Best One-Station Service award at an international egovernment awards ceremony for its Invest Easy programme, which also came second in the ebusiness category.
The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) awards ceremony for 2016, which took place in Geneva, was organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD.
Oman’s Information Technology Authority was also awarded runner-up in the security category for its e-certification project.
The head of the Information Technology Authority, Dr Salim Sultan al Ruzaiqi, said “We are delighted with this achievement in which the sultanate has been recognised for the fifth time in a row at WSIS since the beginning of our involvement in 2012. We congratulate the people who worked on these projects and we praise the efforts of MoCI’s Invest Easy project which proved that it’s one of the best eGovernment projects in the sultanate.”
The Invest Easy project developed in the early 2000s out of a desire to make investment in Oman a less cumbersome and bureaucratic process. Functions of various government departments and agencies were consolidated into a single one-stop shop. The online version went live in 2006 and was upgraded to a cloud-based service in 2010.
The site provides a 24-hour service, enabling investors to keep updated with relevant laws, fees and regulations, pay taxes, register their businesses and generally comply with all the legal requirements for doing business in Oman. Since its implementation, the number of companies being registered in Oman has shot up from 4,000 per year to 22,000 per year, while the number of business licences issued annually has increased from 25,000 to 100,000.
The project previously won Best Governmental Service in Business Sector at the GCC Awards 2015 and Best Governmental Project Prize at the Al-Roya Economic Awards 2016.