WITSA 2004 GLOBAL
IT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
May 20, 2004
The 2004 WITSA Global IT Excellence Awards Ceremony was opened by WITSA Chairman George Newstrom. Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government (CDG) was the official Announcer of the 2004 Awards.
The Award Winners
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Of Romania: eGovernment Initiatives; Yokosuka City Electronic Bidding; Optimal Payments, Inc.; East Japan Railway Company Suica System; PEOPLink/CatGen; and Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion.
The prestigious Chairman's Award, often chosen from the pool of candidates from all three categories, recognizes organizations whose initiatives demonstrate extraordinary insight, innovation, and collaboration to improve the use of ICT in business, government, or digital opportunity around the world.
q The United States Agency for International Development – United States (USAID)
WITSA Chairman George Newstrom gives the Chairman's Award trophy to Ms. Emmy Simmons, USAID Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth,
Agriculture and Trade
Public Sector IT Excellence Award:
The Public Sector Excellence Award recognizes government authorities that use information technology to improve a national or local government's effectiveness in meeting the needs of its citizens; save time and money in government operations by eliminating inefficient practices and processes; and/or improve access to or the quality of services, communication and information within government. This award also recognizes non-profit organizations that use information technology to improve the common good through programs with significant social benefits.
q Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Romania: eGovernment Initiatives
Cathilea introduces the Dr. Vasile Baltac, President of the Association for Information Technology and Communications of Romania (ATIC). Dr. Baltac presents the 2004 Award to Ms. Adriana Ticau, State Secretary for Information Technology of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Romania
q Yokosuka City Electronic Bidding - Japan
Cathilea introduces Mr. Yujiro Sato, Chairman of the Japanese Information Technology Industry Association (JISA) and WITSA Vice Chairman for the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Sato presents the Award to Yokosuka City Electronic Bidding of Japan, represented by the City’s Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ryoichi Kabaya.
Private Sector IT Excellence Award:
The Private Sector Excellence Award recognizes for-profit information technology users whose innovative uses of information technology directly increase a business' ability to meet its objectives, improve its competitiveness or better serve its customer needs. A for-profit user of IT who creates an advantage in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing and/or distribution of products and services would be competitive for this award.
q Optimal Payments, Inc. - Canada
CDG Executive Director Cathilea Robinett introduces Harris Miller, President of WITSA and of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). Mr. Miller presents the Award to Optimal Payments Inc. of Canada, represented by Mr. Ben Gailor, Counsellor of the Canadian Embassy.
Japan Railway Company Suica System - Japan
CDG Executive Director Cathilea Robinett introduces Mr. Adrian Schofield, President of Information Industry South Africa, and WITSA Vice Chairman for the Africa region. Mr. Schofield presents the Award to East Japan Railway Company Suica System, represented by Mr. Akio Shiibashi, its senior manager.
Digital Opportunity Award:
The Digital Opportunity Award recognizes individuals, academic institutions, corporations, NGOs or government authorities that have made a remarkable and successful effort at providing digital opportunities to those in need are eligible for this award. Nominees must help facilitate the deployment of information technology and use of the internet among inner city populations segments, or in towns, rural areas or cities in developing and least-developed countries in order to be considered for this award.
q PEOPLink/CatGen – United States
Cathilea introduces the first presenter, Dr. Jorge Cassino, Chairman Emeritus of the Argentine ICT Companies Association (CESSI) and WITSA Vice Chairman for Latin America. Dr. Cassino presents the Award to PEOPLink of the United States, represented by its CEO, Dr. Daniel Salcedo. Picture #3: Dr. Salcedo is congratulated by WITSA Chairman George Newstrom.
q Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion – Republic of Korea
Cathilea introduces Mr. Yanni Theodoropoulos, Executive Vice President of the Federation of Hellenic Information Technology and Communications Enterprises, SEPE. Mr. Theodoropoulos presents the Award to Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity & Promotion – Republic of Korea, represented by its President, Mr. Yeongi Son.
Press Conference May 21, 2004
A press conference was held for the Award Winners on May 21, 2004 at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron); site of the WITSA meetings and WCIT 2004. The press conference was attended by WITSA Chairman George Newstrom, PEOPLink CEO Dr. Daniel Salcedo, East Japan Railway Company Suica System, senior manager Akio Shiibashi, Yokosuka City Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ryoichi Kabaya, and (by conference call) Optimal Payments Inc. Chief Technology Officer Danny Chazonoff
Following the successes of the previous Global IT Excellence Awards in June 2000 and February 2002, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) on May 20, 2004, announced seven winners of its 2004 Awards at the World Congress on Information Technology 2004 in Athens, Greece (WCIT2004). The awards honored exceptional achievements in the application of information technology around the globe and were presented to winners in three broad categories: Public Sector Excellence, Private Sector Excellence, and Digital Opportunity. A special Chairman’s Award was also presented.
The 2004 WITSA Global IT Excellence Awards Ceremony was held in conjunction with the Gala Dinner of the 2004 World Congress on IT at the Athens Hilton, Terpsichore Hall.
for the WITSA IT Excellence Awards are made by WITSA member associations.
The associations have autonomy in nominating and selecting the most
qualified candidates in their respective country or region.
In order to nominate a candidate, the WITSA member association must
demonstrate the effectiveness of the program; approximate the number of
people benefiting from the program; describe the degree of intensiveness
of the program; and evaluate the level of innovation used in achieving the
year the Center for Digital Government worked with WITSA to oversee the
awards selection process. CDG
is a national research and advisory institute providing government,
industry, and education leaders with decision support, research, and
educational resources to help them effectively incorporate new
technologies in the 21st century. Ms. Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director of the Center,
presided over the awards ceremony.
for the Global IT Excellence awards were chosen by IT experts from around
the world who are part of our now-60-country WITSA industry network,”
said Harris N. Miller, President of WITSA and the Information Technology
Association of America (ITAA). “Each of the winners has demonstrated
leadership and innovation in their use of IT, and WITSA was proud to honor
the winners here at the World Congress on Information Technology
- the preeminent global IT
executive conference,” Miller said.
“WITSA selected some of the very best applications of IT from around the globe, based on a large pool of highly qualified candidates,” said WITSA Chairman George Newstrom. “It was an honor for me to select the United States Agency for International Development as the winner of our special Chairman’s Award. USAID has skillfully harnessed the technological strength of the United States in its effective use of information technology for development,” Newstrom added.
About the Winners
winner of the Chairman’s Award was: The United States Agency for
International Development – United States. USAID is the largest
country-to-country donor organization in the world. USAID operates in more
than 100 of the poorest countries in the world, focusing on improving
livelihoods, health, environment, education, and democracy. Today,
USAID is a leader in helping developing nations close the digital divide
and apply ICT to all sectors of development. Numerous USAID activities
have an IT component, ranging from Teacher Training Resource Centers in
Namibia to courtroom automation software in Mongolia, to a successful
alliance with WITSA in ten countries, and from rural IT access in Peru to
telecommunications training at the U.S. Telecommunications Training
For USAID, IT is important both as a means to important development objectives as well as being a vibrant, growing economic sector. USAID’s approach to IT development focuses on: (a) Creating a pro-competitive policy environment, (b) Stimulating private sector entrepreneurship, (c) Increasing access for under-served populations, and (d) Using IT as a development tool to harness the power of information and communications for sectors such as agriculture, democracy, education, environment, health, for women, humanitarian assistance, etc. In 2002 and 2003, USAID spent an estimated $200M and leveraged $240M in outside contributions - all using IT for development purposes. Ninety-five percent of all USAID Missions have an IT activity, consisting of several hundred IT projects, and most recently, USAID launched the Last Mile Initiative, to reach the world’s under-served populations.
PUBLIC SECTOR EXCELLENCE
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Of Romania: eGovernment Initiatives
for Information Technology and Communications of Romania (ATIC).
Yokosuka City Electronic Bidding - Japan
Nominated by Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA).
PRIVATE SECTOR EXCELLENCE
Inc - Canada
Japan Railway Company Suica System - Japan
Nominated by Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA)
– United States
Nominated by Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)
Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion – Republic of Korea
Nominated by the Federation of Korean Information Industries (FKII)