Private sector to play key role to realise 2040 vision: OCCI chief

Muscat - 

Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), has said that the private sector has an important role to play in the realisation of Oman 2040 Vision.

Yousef said, “The private sector plays an important role in many countries of the developed world by attracting investment and technology transfer that contributes to providing more job opportunities to the youth.”

Yousef was addressing a gathering at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre on the second and final day of Oman 2040 Vision conference, on Monday.

He said that some of the vision’s aims are facilitating the work environment, identifying the role of private and government sectors, regulating work and productivity and making economic decisions quickly.

Dr Julio C Saavedra

Dr Julio C Saavedra, senior policy advisor at the Office of the Advisor for Studies and Research at the Diwan of Royal Court, said, “The sultanate has witnessed great development in the last 50 years in areas such as education, transport and communications. Omani youths are the main drivers of Oman 2040 Vision .There are around 30,000 to 50,000 Omani youths who join the workforce every year.

“The private sector plays a bigger role in recruiting these young people. Modern technology will have a tangible impact in the private sector. There are around 1.7mn expatriate workers in Oman. The private sector should trust Omani youths and give them the opportunity to work.”

Keiko Honda

Keiko Honda, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, said, “Oman is characterised by stability and safety. It has good education infrastructure. It can provide a lot of jobs to the youth. Oman must diversify the economy in partnership with the government and private sectors. I am pleased to see the preliminary Oman 2040 Vision document and efforts of the government in implementing it.”

Eng Mohammed bin Salem al Busaidi

Speaking to Muscat Daily , Eng Mohammed bin Salem al Busaidi, chairman of the Youth and Human Resources Committee of the Shura Council and member of the People and Society Committee in Oman 2040 Vision, said, “Oman will achieve the vision goals because there is a determination among everyone to achieve them. Oman has infrastructure to help achieve those goals.”

Dr Said bin Hamed bin Said al Rubaie

Dr Said bin Hamed bin Said al Rubaie, secretary general of the Education Council and chairman of People and Society Committee in Oman 2040 Vision, said, “There is a difference between Vision 2020 and 2040. The fundamental difference is the social participation of all segments of society in Vision 2040. Oman has lots of talents and the abilities of the youth can help achieve the goals of 2040 vision.”

Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim al Mahrouqi, deputy vice chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research at Sultan Qaboos University and member of the People and Society Committee in Oman 2040 Vision, said, “Altogether 22,000 people participated in the formation of Vision 2040. The vision is very ambitious. I believe that cooperation between the private sector, civil society organisations and the government will help achieve the objectives of this vision. Youths are most involved as they attended all the events of Oman 2040 Vision.”

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