King Bestows Honours on Individuals, Institutions Excelling in their Field

Amman-  May 4,2009

His Majesty King Abdullah II presented awards to the winners of the King Abdullah II Award 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 the 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 institutions draw up future annual work plans.

KACE management will carry out field visits to participating institutions to train them on how to use the assessment report in developing their action plans, he said.


"King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and Transparency"

Sixty four (64) 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 “Ministries Participating more than Once”, while The Ministry of Education came second.

In the “Ministries Participating for the First Time”, the Ministry of Finance won the Award out of six ministries, and 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 forty one (41) 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 (ASEZA).

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" six (6) institutions were competing, and the Investment Unit at the Social Security Corporation, and the King Hussein Medical Center –Royal Medical Services will receive certificates of Recognition of Excellence.

The “Best Accomplishment” Awad given to institutions that showed a qualitative leap in their performance was granted to the Jordan News Agency "Petra", the Jordan Food and Drug Administration and the Civil Defense Department.


“Distinguished Government Employee”

-          “Distinguished Leading / Supervising Employee”

In the “Distinguished Leading or Supervising Employee” category, the winners were Eng. Mohammad Hazaimeh, the Director General of Government Tenders Directorate, Mr. Hani Jarrah the Chairman of the Cultural Activities Unit at the Ministry of Education, , Mr. Omar Zu'bi from the Central Bank of Jordan and Mr. Osama Melhem from the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology.


-          “Distinguished Administrative / Technical Employee”

In the “Distinguished Administrative / Technical Employee” category, the winners counted Lieutenant Colonel Eng. Tharwat Masalha from the Housing and Military Works Institution, Brigadier General Dr. Zahran Bdeir from the Royal Medical Services – King Hussein Medical Services and Mr. Shaman Abdul Majid Majali, Director of the Public Relations and Subscribers Department at the Social Security Corporation.

-          “Distinguished Supportive Employee”

In the “Distinguished Supportive Employee” category, winners were Mr. Khalid Khatib from the Greater Amman Municipality, Sergeant Lara Twal from the Traffic Investigation Department, Fire-Fighter Mahmoud Farhan Al-Bakhit from the Civil Defense Department and Messenger Mazen Btoush from the Department of Statistics.

"King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for Private Sector"

Of the forty one (41) private sector companies and institutions competing for 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 subcategory of large manufacturing organizations. In the subcategory of large service organizations, the Specialty Hospital won first place, while Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing won the Award in the subcategory of small- or medium-size manufacturing organizations.

The Arab Center for Engineering Studies won the Award in the subcategory small or medium-size service organizations and Consulting Engineers Centre "Sajdi and Partners" won the Award in the subcategory of winners participating in more than one cycle of the Award.

"King Abdullah II Award for Excellence for Business Associations"

Meanwhile, 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 Mark 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.