OAPFD launches the Third Edition of Global Internship Program for 24 Omani Youths
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) launched the third edition of the Global Internship Program (GIP). The program will provide an opportunity for 24 Omani graduates and under-graduate students to work in a global company that works with the Authority. The initiative aims to expand their global network and employability skills in addition, it will develop their perspectives and understanding and much more.
The third edition of the program will support and train 16 under-graduates' students from College of Engineering and Business & Political Studies from Sultan Qaboos University, Higher College of Technology, Oman University Scholars and PDO's National Objectives program. The student will be trained in the Turkish company FNSS, South African company Denel, Spanish company Rodman and American Company Lenco. The program will conclude with a project prepared by students to assess and measure the effectiveness of the program.
In order to develop and support national cadres for labor market, the program will support 8 colleges and universities graduates with intensive training program for 2-10 months period with South Korean company CNO and American company Raytheon.
Salim Al-Khaldi, The Youth Skills Development Program Manager said: "After the success and the positive impact we have seen on the first & second editions of the GIP, we have launched the third edition of the program with more students, different specialized fields and with longer period of training. During the program, we assess the internship training programs that provided from the organizations and the level of benefit, which will help us to study the sustainability of GIP and add more training fields that needed by the labor market in the Sultanate, we hope to expand this program every year and involving more partners locally and internationally . "
During the session, OAPFD organised an orientation for the students to provide guidance to invest in the training opportunity to develop their capabilities and to increase their employability after graduation.
Moreover, Ahmed Qatan presented his training experience at FNSS in Turkey and Abdullah Al Kharusi and Al Yaqadhan Al Harthi presented their experience at DENEL in South Africa, in the second edition of the program. "The training experience at DENEL, the world leader company in military manufacturing, is a unique experience. The training included practical practice in manufacturing mechanisms and product lines and training on business ethics like taking responsibility, teamwork and time management. We would like to thank OAPFD who gave us the opportunity to train abroad, learn external experiences and develop our skills, which will qualify us for the job market "Said Abdullah.
The Global Internship Program is one of the Youth Skills Development Program (YSDP) sponsored by OAPFD. The Authority launched the first edition of GIP in 2017. The program has benefited 27 trainees so far in cooperation with a number of educational institutions in the Sultanate. The total number of trainees will reach 51 by the end of this year.
OAPFD participates in the Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA) Conference
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) recently participated in the Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA) 2019 Offset Conference, which is being held in United State, from the 5th to 8th of this month. Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al-Shanfari, its Chief Executive Officer headed the OAPFD delegation.
Around 42 speakers from several countries participated in the Conference, which is generally considered the world's largest gathering of Offset practitioners drawn from both Industry and Government. The purpose of the conference is to promote cooperation between Companies and Government from around the world through a greater understanding of countertrade and offset.
Dr. Dhafir delivered a presentation on Oman's PFD Programme including the first official presentation of the Ta'ziz System to an international audience. He emphasized the importance of the Programme, examples of which are employed in many countries around the world and where it serves as a valuable economic tool for accomplishing a variety of goals relating to economic diversification, enhancing national capabilities including military and security capabilities, and strengthening the private sector through new technologies and human resource development. "These forums and conferences provide an excellent platform for introducing the PFD Programme and its Regulations to international contractors and suppliers" Dr. Dhafir Al-Shanfari said. "The Authority's participation at this conference, which includes a Government to Government Knowledge Sharing Session, is important because it includes a number of officials and experts from various countries around the world, to exchange experiences and opinions, and benefit from the latest developments achieved by the leading countries in the application of the Offset Program and successful offset projects" He added.
OAPFD Launches Ta'ziz System /PFD online platform and ICV System)
30th, April 2019: The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) launches Ta'ziz System, to facilitate the implementation of the PFD and ICV programme. More than 100 government entities and companies (contractors) who are obliged to implement the PFD Programme and the potential local companies who will benefit from Ta'ziz System attended the launching ceremony.
Ta'ziz System includes several functionalities to assist in the implementation of the PFD programme more easily and effectively. Ta'ziz will provide continuous periodic reports of the overall status of PFD programme implementation by stakeholders.
Moreover, Ta'ziz System includes Industrial Mapping module, which is a platform to encourage the contractors and OEMs who are obligors to assess and consider the local industry as part of their internal supply chain to work together in order to develop the local capabilities and capacities. Local companies can register in the system under specific industries and areas of specialization and enter as potential partners with the Obligors (international companies) who are committed to the Partnership for Development Programme during the PFD project implementation in Oman. Ta'ziz will create direct business partnerships between local and international companies, develop and strengthen "local capability and capacity", enhance ICV and will help to enable reduction in the proportion of imports and domestic production ratio in line with the strategy of the national economy, as well as to facilitate development and boosting of local trade and facilitate the process of opening foreign markets for the export of local products.
Dr. Dhafir Al Shanfari – CEO of OAPFD said; " we worked during the last period to build an integrated system to assist and facilitate the implementation of the PFD programme for the employees of the Authority and the government and private sector who have to apply the PFD programme which are around more than 38 entities. It also helps foreign companies committed to the Sultanate through the tenders and have to apply PFD programme. Ta'ziz will contribute in supporting the ICV and national economy by allowing local companies to register in the system and get the opportunity to be potential partners with the foreign companies (Contractor)". He added: "I would like to invite all the target audience from government agencies, local and foreign companies to start using the system and contribute to achieve Ta'ziz and OAPFD goals".
About the Ta'ziz marketing plan Rahma Al-Riyamy, OAPFD Consultant and Ta'ziz System Manager, said: "OAPFD has a clear marketing plan for Ta'ziz System, that includes workshops and practical sessions in Muscat and outside Muscat to present the system in cooperation with the government and private entities such as Mada'in, The Ministry of Defense, the SMEs incubator and others".
To Enhance the ICV and develop the Omani Youth OAPFD signs a cooperation agreement with Oman Cables
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) has signed a cooperation agreement with Oman Cables Industry SAOG "OCI" to enhance the In Country Value (ICV), which aims to support Youth training programs and raise the efficiency of the national manpower. This agreement aims at enhancing the cooperation between the government and private sector for bridging the skill gap.
Under terms of the agreement, two training programs will be implemented over the next five years. The first training program will be held in cooperation with the Prysmian Group, the world's leading cable and electric power manufacturer. This program targets to provide international exposure to 15 Omani youth. The second program is the National Youth Development Program which aims to provide training and experience within and outside Oman targeting 50 Omani youth.
The training programs are aimed at providing the Omani youth technical training courses in the world's leading factories and rich experience in the field of manufacturing industries.
Dr. Dhafir Al Shanfari, CEO of OAPFD said: "The training and qualification of national cadres is a strategic objective present in all our projects and we are pleased today with this partnership with Oman Cables Company to implement two training programs aimed at developing the skills of the Omani youth and providing them with all the necessary knowledge and functional expertise to suit the needs of the labor market in the private sector. The National Youth Development Program has started already and has been announced recently and we have received a number of applications for this Program".
"We welcome this cooperation between OCI and OAPFD, to support the institutional integration between the Government and private sector for development of national strategic objectives. We are pleased to implement these training programs which come as part of the commitment of Oman Cables Industry towards the Corporate Social Responsibility and the sustainable growth and development of Omani youth". Ali Al Habaj , CEO of OCI said.
Establishing the Steyer Service and Maintenance Centre (SSMC)
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) has signed a project agreement establishing the Steyr Service and Maintenance Centre (SSMC) in Partnership with the Steyr Arms company as part of its commitment to the Partnership for Development Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence. The agreement was signed on behalf of the Authority by Dr. Dhafir bin Awadh Al Shanfari, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), while Gerhard Unterganschnigg (Chairman) has signed on behalf of the Company.
Under terms of the agreement, Steyr will provide the equipment and the associated tools for the Advanced Maintenance of Steyr Weapons, as well as conducting training for Omani's working in the Centre to efficiently execute the maintenance procedure necessary to prevent damage to the equipment during the normal course of product usage.
"OAPFD aims to strengthen the Military and Security Sector through the transfer of the new equipment, technologies and training programmes to support this sector through the SSMC project, which will contribute to reducing the maintenance and service costs related to STEYR´s products" Dr. Dhafir Al Shanfari, CEO said.
Steyr Service and Maintenance Centre consists of 8 sections which are (1) Registration and Logistics (2) Assembling / Disassembling (3) Cleaning (4) Quality Assurance (5) Barrel Cell (6) Paint Shop (7) Workplaces and (8) Test shooting.
For setting up the SSMC, STEYR will transfer specific technologies, the Know-How, Machinery and Training to Oman. The major part of the staff training will be performed at the premises of STEYR in Austria. The purpose of doing so is to best get the Oman staff acquainted with STEYR´s culture and to obtain the quality standards in production and service.
"We are very proud to deepen our already long standing relationship with the Sultanate of Oman by establishing Steyr Service and Maintenance Centre as Part of our PFD Obligation. This will not just benefit the quality and lifetime of the Steyr products in the Sultanate of Oman, but also bring new know how and technology into the Country. We are happy to contribute with our expertise and experience on small arms and help to develop a knowledge base in Oman", Gerhard Unterganschnigg, said.
Brigadier General Khalfan Al- Sulaimani - Head of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department of the Royal Army of Oman said :" The Steyr Service and Maintenance Centre aims to enhance the technical support of the Royal Army of Oman and to provide the staff of the Centre with the expertise that benefits the Royal Army of Oman as well as strengthening the relationship between the Royal Army of Oman and Steyr, which will eventually provide further opportunities for cooperation between the two sides. Wishing this project all the success in reaching all the desired goals".
OAPFD participates in the Global Offset Conference in Malaysia
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) participated in the Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA) conference, which was held in Malaysia from 26th to 29th March, 2017. The purpose of the conference was to bring governments and companies from around the world dealing with Offsets with the latest developments in the world of Countertrade and Offset, including changes in the regulatory processes of countries that apply Offset. The participation was as part of the OAPFD's strategy to introduce the PFD program "Offset" for the international obligors and investors and to exchange expert views and to share best practices in core offset principles.
Rahma Al-Riyamy, CEO consultant of the civil contracts in the Authority participated in the discussion panel titled "The future of industrial partnership from a government perspective" which comprise representatives from Oman, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia and Norway. Rahma presented an overview of Oman's PFD Program and future plan for meeting the challenges including simplifying and enhancing the transparency in the processes through future implementation of PFD online planning, management and monitoring system. Information captured in the system will enable to make better strategic decisions and carry out industrial mapping which will ultimately help in achieving the main objective of the OAPFD which is diversify the national economy of the Sultanate.
OAPFD introduces the Authority at Muscat Municipality
The OAPFD conducted a briefing session on 18 May,2016 for Muscat Municipality Council chaired by Sheikh Malik bin Hilal Al-Yahmadi, the Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee and presented by number of the Excellences of Wallies of Muscat governance wilayats and Directors General from Muscat Municipality. The session introduced the Authority and discussed potential future investments in PFD Projects that are beneficial to the Omani society.
There was a high level of interaction from members of the Council, as they shared opinions on how the Council would benefit from the PFD Programme.
The OAPFD introduces the PFD Programme for the State Council and Sultan's Special Force
As part of the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development awareness campaigns the Authority organized a special session for the State council under the Hon. Dr AL Sheikh Alkhattab Ghalib Ali Al-Hinai, the Deputy Chairman of the council to introduce the OAPFD's role in the development of the national economy.
In addition to that, the Authority organized PFD seminar for the Sultan's Special Force under the Maj Gen Amir bin Salim al Amri, SSF Commander to introduce the Programme and the SSF's role to facilitate the smoothing application of the Programme.
OAPFD Or ganizes an Awareness Workshop for the Military and Security Services
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) organized an Awareness Workshop for the Military and Security Services on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence. Representatives from Military and Security Services, as well as representatives from the Pension Funds of the Military and Security Services, attended the Workshop.
The workshop was held as part of the OAPFD's strategy to organize a series of introductory workshops, conferences, and awareness campaigns for the PFD programme "Offset" and the mechanisms for its implementation to achieve the objectives of the OAPFD which are diversify the national economy of the Sultanate, enhance the military and security capabilities, strengthen the private sector, and promote human resource development in Oman.
At the workshop the OAPFD highlighted the mechanism whereby the PFD Programme is applied to military and security contracts and tenders and the role of these sectors in contributing to the successful application of the PFD Programme in achieving its goals and as mandated by the Royal Decree.
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) Participates in an Entrepreneurship Exhibition
The Omani Authority for partnership for Development participated in Entrepreneurship Exhibition on 13 December 2015, which was organized by the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) in cooperation with Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund (SMEDF).The Exhibition aimed to provide and offer business opportunities in the sectors of small and medium-sized companies and to identify the processes and challenges, risk and rewards when starting small and medium enterprises.
Omani Authority for Partnership for Development Organizes its First Awareness Workshop
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) organized the first workshop introducing the Partnership for Development (PFD) Programme on 23 November 2015 at the Oman Tourism College in Muscat. Representatives from the Public sector, State-owned companies who are obliged to implement the PFD Programme and representatives from investment and legal institutions, attended the workshop.The Workshop was held as part of the OAPFD's strategy to organize a series of workshops, conferences and campaigns for the PFD programme to promote awareness and ensure implementation to enable to achieve the OAPFD objectives of:
Diversification of the national economy,
Enhancement of the military and security capabilities,
Strengthening of the p rivate sector, and
Human resource development.
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development Participates in an ECCO Symposium for Second Time
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) participated in the ECCO Symposium held in London on the 18th and 19th November 2015. The focus of the London Symposium was Offset Programmes in Africa and the Middle East. Presentations were made on the best practices in the field of Offsets and Countertrade in the Middle East and Africa as well as in Asia with topics ranging from capability requirements to measurements of performance and transfer of technology to accounting and legal issues.
OAPFD visits the Dubai Air Show and Attends the GATE Training Event in Dubai During November 2015
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) visited the Dubai Air Show on 10th November 2015 and attended the Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE) Conference on pilot training. The aim of the visit was to better understand the pilot training landscape in the GCC. The delegation also visited a number of the exhibitors offering pilot training so as to get an understanding of the size of presence of flight schools in the region.While there, the OAPFD met with Obligors to become acquainted with their equipment and future plans and also took the opportunity to meet with the Authority's UAE counterpart – Tawazun Economic Council.
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development Visit Malaysia to Benefit from their Experience in Offset
Dr. Dhafir A. Al-Shanfari, CEO of Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) paid a three-day visit to Malaysia in early November 2015 as part of a benchmarking exercise to benefit and learn from the Malaysian experience in the application of their Offset programme.The CEO visited a number of Malaysian establishments including their Ministry of Defence, the National Defence University, the National Agency for Innovation and the Technology Depository Agency (TDA) – the Malaysian Offset Authority. The visit was an opportunity to exchange information and knowledge and at the same time enhance the Omani - Malaysian bilateral relations.The visit is one of a series of visits that include countries, such as Norway, the UAE, India, Turkey and the UK.
OAPFD Visit the DSEI Exhibition in London
A delegation from the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development visited the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) in London on 14th September 2015. DSEI is the premier defence and security equipment exhibition held every two years in London and which draws thousands of visitors, both from trade and military. The exhibition is an important event in the international military and national security equipment calendar and is the world's largest fully integrated international defence and security exhibition featuring land, sea and air products and technologies.
A Delegation from OAPFD Participates in the GOCA Fall 2015 Conference in Philadelphia
A delegation of the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development attended the Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA) conference which was held in the US city of Philadelphia from 28 to 30 September, 2015. The purpose of the conference is bring Companies from around the world with the latest developments in the world of Countertrade and Offset, including changes in the regulatory processes of countries that apply Offset.As mentioned above, this visit was one of a series of benchmarking visits to meet with countries applying Offset and to share experiences
The Omani Au thority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) Participates in the ECCO Symposium
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) participated in ECCO Symposium from 18 - 19 June 2015 in Paris. The symposium provides the opportunity for countries to exchange experiences and thereby to learn of the changes in the world of Offset. The symposium discussed the challenges in applying the Offset in the current economic climate, especially in Europe and presentations were also made on tools that can assist with monitoring Offset performance.