By: Kaushalendra Singh
SALALAH: Industrialists, businessmen, administrative officials, Shura members and company CEOs put stress on creating an atmosphere for development and investment in Dhofar and called for concerted efforts from public and private sectors to achieve this goal. They came out with important recommendations after hectic discussions with administrative officials, Shura members and company CEOs and chairpersons of several establishments. The meeting titled ‘Raysut economy and development’ was held on Wednesday at Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah.
Organised jointly by the Middle East Studies Centre and Salalah chapter of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the participants called for the setting up of headquarters for industrial incubators in Dhofar to facilitate small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with training, on the job assistance and financial support in the areas like outlets for spare parts, raw materials and food processing units.
A major recommendation was setting up of a technical service area for foreign and domestic investments in the field of information technology and relocation of population from Manshet, Raysut and Salalah Free Zone area to save them from pollution likely to be caused by industries coming in the near future.
The recommendation cited Liva area in North Batinah Governorate as an example for this suggestion.
Mohammed al Mashani, Chairman of the Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises Development at OCCI Salalah, put emphasis on the developmental of Salalah Free Zone to promote investment in Dhofar Governorate.
Ali bin Suhail Tabuk, CEO of the Center for Middle East Consulting, the organiser of the seminar, also laid stress on the of developmental of free zones as well as promotion of the Port of Salalah in the region and far away countries.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER