His Majesty King Abdullah II presented awards to the winners of the King Abdullah II Awards for Excellence in the Public, Private and Business Associations sectors, on Monday 4/5/2009.
HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al-Hussein, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence (KACE), and other public and private officials attended the ceremony.
H. E. Dr. Fayez Tarawneh, Deputy Chairman of KACE's Board of Trustees, said the Award introduced the concept of excellence in institutions competing for it, and this motivates public and the private sectors to improve their performance and the quality of their services.
He added that an assessment report will be sent to all participating ministries and institutions in this cycle, highlighting their strengths and areas for improvement. The reports are believed to help these organizations draw up future annual work plans.
KACE management will carry out field visits to participating organizations to train them on how to use the assessment report, he said.
King Abdullah II Center for Excellence (KACE) has adopted a new mechanism for this cycle for determining the winners in the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency, where KACE introduced three stages: gold, silver and bronze, and neither ministries nor institutions have achieved the mark of the gold or silver stages, and the results of all the organizations were in the Bronze Stage. Ministries and institutions that competed and did not get the Award will receive a "Seal of Excellence" certificate as recognition of being in the bronze stage.
King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency:
Sixty four ministries and public institutions competed for the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency, with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation ranked at top of honors in the “Best Ministry Participating more than Once”, Where as the Ministry of Education came second in the category of ministries participating more than once.
In the “Best Ministry Participating for the First Time”, the Ministry of Finance won the Award out of six ministries, while the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will receive a certificate of Recognition of Excellence.
In the category of public institutions participating more than once where 47 institutions took part, the Development and Employment Fund was ranked first, while second place was shared by the Jordan Securities Commission and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority .
The Greater Amman Municipality, the Central Bank of Jordan, the Free Zones Corporation and the Traffic Department will also receive certificates of Recognition of Excellence.
In the category of public institutions participating for the first time, 6 institutions have competed and the Investment Unit of the Social Security Corporation has received the Award.
In the “Best Accomplishment” category, given to institutions that achieved a qualitative leap in their performance, the Jordan News Agency (Petra), the Jordan Food and Drug Administration and the Civil Defense Department received “Best Accomplishment” Award.
Distinguished Government Employee:
In the “Distinguished Leading or Supervising Employee” category, the winners were Eng. Mohammad Hazaimeh, Government Tenders Directorate Director General, Dr. Hani Jarrah, the Chairman of the Cultural Activities Unit at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Omar Zu'bi, Director of Research at the Central Bank of Jordan and Mr. Osama Melhem, Director of Mertrology Department at the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology.
In the “Distinguished Administrative or Technical Employee” category, the winners counted Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Eng. Tharwat Masalha from the Housing and Military Works Institution, Brigadier General Dr. Zahran Bdeir from the Royal Medical Services – King Hussein Medical Center and Mr. Shaman Abdul Majid Al Majali, Director of the Public Relations and Subscribers Department at the Social Security Corporation.
In the “Distinguished Supportive Employee” category, winners were Mr. Khalid Al-Khatib from the Greater Amman Municipality, Sergeant Lara Twal from the Traffic Investigation Department at Traffic Department, Fire-Fighter Farhan Bakhit from the Civil Defense Department and Messenger Mazen Btoush from the Department of Statistics.
King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for Private Sector:
Out of the 41 private sector organizations competing in the fifth cycle of the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for the private sector, Jordan Ice and Aerated Water Company (Pepsi) came first in the category of large manufacturing organizations. In the category of large service organizations, the Specialty Hospital won the Award, while Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing won the Award in the category of small and medium-size manufacturing organizations.
The Arab Center for Engineering Studies won the Award in the category of small or medium-size service organizations and Consulting Engineers Center "Sajdi and Partners" won the Award in the category of winners participating in more than one cycle of the Award.
King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for Business Associations:
In the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for Business Associations, four associations achieved the first stage of the Award which is the Mark of "Best Practice". The achievers were the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women, the Private Hospitals Associations, the Jordanian Association of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Appliances and the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables.