US Embassy hosts entrepreneurship week

Muscat - 

The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) began at the US Embassy on Tuesday. This year, Oman has joined 118 countries in observing the week, which promotes entrepreneurial activity, sharing of ideas and addressing regional issues to drive the next generation of business owners. Several activities will be organised at ministries and educational institutions as part of the programme.

Addressing a gathering of NGO representatives, businessman and budding entrepreneurs, H E Richard J Schmierer, US Ambassador to Oman, said that the US government and embassy will work with Omani society to encourage entrepreneurial activity. "We are working on new ways to create opportunities, and efforts will be made to develop SMEs and nurture young entrepreneurs in Oman."

"GEW, which is being observed since 2008, is one of the largest gatherings of innovators and job creators worldwide. It has grown to 119 countries with the addition of Oman this year, and engages an average of 5.9mn people each year," said an official at the embassy.

"The US government cares about entrepreneurship and wants to develop societies as part of its foreign policy. The embassy recognises Oman's vision for 2020 and wants to play a constructive role in developing civil society by assisting the country in its endeavours," said Emily Shaffer, economic and commercial officer at the US Embassy.

Every year, GEW discusses ways to provide an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas and conducts a broad range of activities, events and competitions that are designed to promote some form of entrepreneurial activity.

The activities connect potential collaborators, mentors and investors, said a statement from the embassy.

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