MUSCAT: Fifty Bachelor degree holders selected for a scholarship initiative by Bank Muscat and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) marked the start of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) programme. Addressing the inaugural session, Shaikh Waleed al Hashar, Chief Executive Officer of Bank Muscat, urged participants to pursue the ACCA programme for a successful career in the bank.

“Shaikh Waleed said participants should be proud of joining Bank Muscat, which is the leading bank in Oman by total assets, the largest listed company on Muscat Securities Market by market capitalisation, the highest tax payer in the country and leader in Omanisation both by qualitative and quantitative measures.

Welcoming participants to the bank’s family and inspiring them to be leaders by their performance in the unique development programme, Shaikh Waleed introduced the bank’s vision ‘To serve you better, everyday’.

He explained the importance of the key concepts of the vision — first and foremost the commitment to serve customers, improve the level of performance and innovate to deliver an improved level of performance and service every day. Shaikh Waleed also encouraged the participants to align themselves with and practice the bank’s corporate values of Leadership, Innovation, Accountability, Partnership and Integrity in their day-to-day activities.”(Oman Observer)


MUSCAT: Sixty-nine per cent of industrial projects were completed at the end of 2018 under Tanfeedh, said Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry. Speaking with industrialists on Sunday on challenges facing industrial sector and requirements to increase the contribution of the industrial sector to the GDP, he said the number of industrial projects under Tanfeedh had touched 26, some of which have reached various stages of production. “Implementation of the projects reached 40-90 per cent depending upon the nature of each project.”

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry celebrated the Omani Industry Day, which falls on February 9, to celebrate the first visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to Rusayl Industrial Estate in 1991. Dr Sunaidy said the meeting (with industrialists) is an opportunity to review important indicators of performance of the industrial sector. He said, “The industrial sector is one of the five productive sectors that Tanfeedh focuses in the early stages of its implementation.”(Oman Observer)


Muscat:‘Sanad’ Services centres last year carried out 3,293,835 e-transactions, an average of more than 9,000 transactions per day, according to statistics from the Al Raffd Fund. The centres provided about 2,273 job opportunities for the national cadres.

The number of opportunities in the centres of ‘Sanad’ in the Governorate of Muscat reached 763 jobs, 350 jobs in the Governorate of North Al Batinah, 266 in the Governorate of Dhofar, 156 in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah, 162 in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah, 181 in the Governorate of South Al Batinah, 174 in the Governorate of South A’Sharqiyah, 90 in the Governorate of Al Buraimi, 66 in the Governorate of A’Dhahirah, 36 in the Governorate of Al Wusta, and 29 Jobs in the Governorate of Musandam.

Through its portal, ‘Sanad’ centres provide services to 15 governmental and private entities. This indicates the confidence of these entities in the quality and accuracy of the electronic services provided by the centres. (Times of Oman)



MUSCAT The Ministry of Regional municipality and Water Resources unveiled ten locations in nine governoates of Oman for investment on Monday at the Investment Opportunities Forum 2019 in Sheraton Oman.

The locations include two sites in Seeb, two in South Batinah (Nakhal and Rustaq), a site each in Shinas, Buriami, Ibri, Sur and Jalan Bani Bu Ali.

These investment projects are expected to have a positive impact on the development of the Sultanate, as the ministry pays special attention with flexible methods to facilitate simplified procedures for private investors and investors.

The forum was opened by His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Asaad bin Tariq al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Communications at The Research Council. (Oman Observer)