Sharjah: The International Government Communication Center (IGCC), an affiliate of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), has announced 53 nominees in 19 categories of the ninth edition of the Sharjah Government Communication Award (SGCA).
This year, the international award recorded the highest number of applications since its first edition in 2013, with 600 applications from 80 local and international entities. 250 submissions were accepted to participate in the ninth edition after meeting the requirements and regulations of the award.
The shortlist of nominees includes candidates from 13 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Belgium, Spain, France and Australia.
Nominees for the award for “Best Public Communication by a Government Agency – Emirate of Sharjah” include the Department of Planning and Survey; Sharjah Digital Office; and the Sharjah International Airport Authority.
Nominees for the Government Communication Model Employee – United Arab Emirates award include Fatima Al-Sharqi of the Abu Dhabi Pension Fund; Khawla Al-Mujaini, Sharjah Book Authority; and Saif Matar Al Hajri from the Dubai Police General Command.
The Emirates Red Crescent Authority, Sharjah Housing Scheme and Sharjah Police Headquarters have been shortlisted for the award for “Best Crisis Response – United Arab Emirates”.
As for the “Best Government Communication Systems” award, the category has four sub-categories: “A System for People with Disabilities”, “Training and Education”, “A System for the Elderly” and “Practical”.
Nominees for the subcategory award include Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, Saudi Arabia; and NAMA Women Advancement (NAMA), UAE, Emirates Health Services, Abu Dhabi Pension Fund and Sharjah Media City (Shams), Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services and Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters Department of Social Services of Sharjah.
Nominees for the award for “Best Government Communication in Digital Media” include the UAE Ministry of Interior; Abu Dhabi Judicial Department; and the Abu Dhabi Pension Fund.
Entities participating in the “Best Environmental Policies and Practices” award include the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Public Services; Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); and the Department of Municipality and Planning in Ajman.
The “Best Government Communication Targeted at Youth” category includes two sub-category awards. Finalists for “Best Youth Initiative in Government Communication” include Maram Al Abadi, Saudi Arabia; Al Anoud Al Hashimi, UAE; Yassin Bin Talib, Jordan; and Basil Al Madani, Syria.
The category “Best initiative to influence future generations” includes the Badir initiative of the Ministry of Sports Affairs of Bahrain; the Royal Academy of Management – National Youth Program for Skills Development, Oman.
Nominees for the “Programme with the greatest influence on social accountability” award include the GCC Health Council initiative “Ma Yensaket Anha”; The campaign “Who am I? from the Big Heart Foundation campaign; and the Egyptian Presidential Initiative for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer, affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Population.
The “Best Photo in Government Communication” category selected the following people: Abdullah Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia; Sami Alramyan, Kuwait; Ola, UAE; and Giles Clark, USA.
The “Best Innovations in Government Communications – Global” category, and for the first time in the Middle East, is in partnership with 01Gov and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is divided into two awards “Best Innovation in Government Communication”, which selected the CatVers initiative of Catalonia from CBCat, Spain; CitizenLab, Belgium; Opendatasoft, France; and Vloggi, Australia. As for the award for “Best Challenge for the Future in Government Communication”, the winning team will be selected by the jurors during the IGCF 2022.
The “Top Social Media Influencer” award, which honors a leading influencer from the Arab world in recognition of their contribution and support for productive concepts, ideas and experiences based on the principles of government communication for the benefit of the individual and society. The nominees for this category are Egyptian Rahma Khaled from Egypt and Ihssane Benalluch from Morocco.
The Outstanding Employee Award includes two sub-categories. The award for “Best university initiative to qualify future employees in government communication” is awarded in collaboration with the University of the United Arab Emirates. It will honor the winning team of the University Challenge organized as part of the pre-IGCF 2022 activities.
Nominees in the second sub-category, “Best Government Communications Initiative that Empowers Women” include the “Hama” initiative, aimed at improving the readiness of female soldiers for the future, in partnership with the National Authority and Reserve, Government and Development Future Office (UAE) and National Platform of Saudi Women Leaders (Qiyadyat).
Categories of judges
The judges nominated a group of files in the categories “Best Multimedia Content” and “Best Dramatic Work – ِ Arab Word”.
Tariq Saeed Allay, Managing Director of SGMB, said, “I would like to thank everyone who participated in SGCA 2022. I also express my gratitude to the distinguished jury and organizers for their dedicated efforts in shortlisting the competing entries. among 600 candidates. I commend the entire SCGA shortlist for pursuing excellence in their chosen field of government communications.”
He added: “The award is important not only to fulfill its role of honoring successful experiences in government communications, but it is also important to provide continued incentives to be creative and keep pace with rapid changes in various sectors. cultural, economic and development, in addition to humanities disciplines, including communication which is most influenced by developments and changes.
He noted that the SGCA is adaptable and can be developed further, including adding new categories as it grows locally, regionally and internationally. He said the award expects more entries in the 12th edition after breaking submission records in the current edition. He called on local and international individuals and entities to participate in the award to highlight their achievements globally.