OAPFD launches the Second Edition of Global Internship Program to Develop Omani Graduates
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) launched the second edition of the Global Internship Program (GIP). The program will provide an opportunity for Omani 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 second edition of the program will support and train 15 Engineering and Business students from Sultan Qaboos University, Ministry of Higher Education and Oman University Scholars. The student will be trained in the Turkish company FNSS, South African company Denel, American Company Lenco and Austrian company Steyr .
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 innovators in the space science field, the program, in cooperation with the Oman Astronomical Society will support 4 trainees to be trained at the University of Colorado within INSPIRE program, which aims to strengthen the international cooperation in the field of Space Science Technology and involve different agencies concerned with the field.
Salim Al-Khaldi, The Youth Skills Development Program Manager said: "After the success and the positive impact we have seen on the first edition of the GIP, we have launched the second edition of the program with more students and different specialized filed like space science. 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, Abdullah Al-Brashdi presented his training experience at FNSS in the first edition of program. "The training experience at FNSS, 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 in corporation with Sultan Qaboos University to train 10 students in FNNS, STEYR and OXEA Company.
OAPFD Presents the PFD Regulation in the Global Industrial Cooperation Conference GICC in France
Paris-15 April 2018: The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) is participating today in the Global Industrial Cooperation Conference (GICC) 2018 (Offset Conference), which is held in Paris, France from the 15th to the 18th of this month.
GICC is considered the world's largest gathering of Offset practitioners drawn from both Industry and Government. The purpose of the conference is to promote trade and commerce between Companies and Governments from around the world through a greater understanding of offset or countertrade.
This year GICC will discuss the latest developments in the implementation of the OFFSET/ PFD programme in the world including Oman and
best practices and success stories.
OAPFD will present the latest development in the PFD Regulations and PFD/ICV integrated System, which will be the first E-platform to capture PFD contributions from all government entities and obligors, and thus will allow more transparency and easy calculation of PFD obligations and credits allocation. In addition, the system will be a good platform to encourage the OEM obligors to assess and consider Oman local industry as part of their internal supply chain.
During the conference, the delegation will meet Obligors, experts and CEOs and in the panel session, they will exchange experiences and discuss mutual businesses and projects.
New phase of Zimam programme will benefit hundreds of underprivileged Omani children
Muscat, March 1st, 2018: Hundreds of underprivileged Omani schoolchildren will benefit from a new phase of the Zimam National Leadership Programme (Schools) which is being rolled out in March 2018. A total of 560 male and female students of underprivileged background and 48 teachers selected from 18 school in the Dhofar and North and South Al Batinah regions will attend two-day courses funded by the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD), organised and delivered by Oman Sail's Corporate and Personal Development (CPD) Team in coordination with the Ministry of Education.
48 teachers selected from the targeted schools will receive a training day before the start of the programme to enhancing the training and evaluation skills of the trainers in order to ensure the sustainability of the programme and the application of these skills during the teaching phase.
Led by facilitators skilled in outdoor education and experiential learning techniques, the programme aims to develop schoolchildren's interpersonal skills with a focus on recognised competencies of self-leadership, teamwork, communication, creativity, problem-solving and confidence development.
The latest phase of the Zimam National Leadership Programme (Schools) follows a successful pilot project carried out early last year which generated extremely positive feedback from the schools and colleges involved.
"By intervening at a key stage in the personal development of young people there is an enormous potential for self-improvement," said Dr Dhafir Awadh Bader Al Shanfari, CEO of the OAPFD.
"Ultimately, along with the transformation of young lives, initiatives like the Zimam National Leadership Programme will bring long-term benefits to Oman's economy and enhance the Sultanate's ability to compete in the global marketplace."
David Graham, CEO of partner organisation Oman Sail, said: "Our long experience and expertise in training sailors has demonstrated that outdoor education and learning through doing opens up new mind-sets and inspires young people in ways that classroom teaching alone cannot.
"The Zimam National Leadership Programme complements the schools' academic curriculum and is a positive contribution towards helping the next generation of Omanis reach their potential and achieve their dreams."
During the ceremony, a Cooperation Agreement was signed between OAPFD and the Ministry of Education to facilitate the enrolment of kids into the programme. Dr.Sana Al-Balushi, Director General of The National Career Guidance Center at Ministry of Education said, "Our tie-in with OAPFD and Oman Sail will expose the students to a wide array of extracurricular opportunities that will enrich their educational journeys. The programme has proven to be an excellent and inspiring platform for students to engage in activities beyond the classroom, and we look forward to seeing our boys and girls realise their full potential".
All of the courses will be delivered to the three regions in 4th March 2018, at Oman Sail's Leadership Development Training Centre at the Millennium Resort Mussanah and Crown Plaza Salalah.
The Zimam National Leadership Programme is one of the Youth Skills Development Programmes (YSDP) sponsored by OAPFD which aims to reach a wider target group from school and college students, job seekers, and government employees and bring international knowledge and expertise in building the national Human Resources Capacity. This is done by providing students with a platform to develop their day-to-day performance, work ethics, soft and hard skills, and boosting participant enthusiasm to learn and develop.
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development is looking into establishing an Direct PFD/ICV system to create local and global partnership.
Muscat – 25-Feb-2018: Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) held a workshop to study the establishment of the Direct PFD/ICV system System of the Partnership for Development Program, in which 25 representatives from 12 government organisations, identified as the main government stakeholders of the industrial mapping project in the Sultanate participated in the workshop.
The workshop aimed to explore areas of cooperation and study the plan for the establishment of an electronic system and process to develop the capability and capacity of local companies through the industrial mapping tool to be formed in the Sultanate. Through the establishment of a network linking local companies, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and international companies, on a single platform, there will be opportunities to enhance the local skills, capabilities, and knowledge.
Local companies can register in the system under specific industries and areas of specialisation and enter as potential partners with the Obligors (international companies) that are committed to the Partnership for Development Program during the PFD project implementation in Oman. This will create direct business partnerships between local and international companies, develop and strengthen "local capability and capacity" and reduce the proportion of external imports and domestic production ratio in line with the strategy of the national economy, as well as to facilitate local trade and the process of opening foreign markets for the export of local products.
Dr.Dhafir Al Shanfari – CEO of OAPFD said; "The Direct PFD/ICV system is an important step towards the implementation of the E-Government Strategy through the Partnership for Development Program. Therefore, the importance of this system in the Sultanate level, in creating economic partnerships between the local industry and the world through companies committed to Oman through the PFD program will definitely have an impact on the improvement of the national economy.
He added: "The advantage of this industry mapping system is that it will conduct a comprehensive survey of Omani companies in industrial and free zones as well as small and medium enterprises and others, which will highlight the scope and capabilities of these companies and introduce the local companies to create partnerships with international companies in the same industry. The project will analyse the domestic demands and imports, assess the local companies' capabilities and work towards closing the gaps in the local capabilities and capacities through partnerships with international companies. Thus systematically enhancing the local companies' execution capabilities within the Industry and developing the local industry."
The Direct PFD/ICV system is one of the most important electronic systems that OAPFD is working on. It seeks to strengthen the private sector by supporting investment initiatives, encouraging existing competitive companies and support the establishment of new joint venture companies among international companies. The system is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2018.
OAPFD engages with SSL to develop eService Application for PFD Monitoring & Reporting
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) has signed a contract with Software Systems LLC (SSL) to create and develop an internal In-Country Value (ICV) System that is aligned with Partnership for Development (PFD).
The contract was signed by Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al Shanfari the Chief Executive Officer of the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) and Mr. Eihab Maqbool Al Saleh the Chief Executive Officer of OHI Group of Companies, on behalf of Software Systems LLC (SSL).
The signing of the contract comes within the framework of OAPFD to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of the PFD programme and projects successfully. Moreover, the system comes in line with the orientations and strategy of the Sultanate to implement e-government and develop the digital society.
Commenting during the event, Dr. Dhafir Al Shanfari stated, "This is a significant step for OAPFD towards automation of OAPFD process. The application would be a single platform to capture PFD contribution for all government entities and obligors and the system would allow more transparency and easy calculation of PFD obligations and scores. Moreover, the system will be a good platform to encourage our OEM obligors to assess and consider our local industry as part of their internal supply chain. "
Mr. Eihab Maqbool Al Saleh stated, "we believe this partnership will enable OAPFD to streamline its operations allowing its employees more time to focus on the core vision, manage and administer the PFD/Offset program. We are proud to be a part of another unique project which we will add enormous value to the growth of the national economy."
OAPFD Signs the Oman Aviation Academy Shareholders Agreement
The Oman Aviation Academy (OAA) shareholders agreement ceremony was held yesterday in Grand Hyatt Muscat. OAA is one of The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) projects which the Authority oversees, in partnership with Airbus Helicopters, Oman National Investments Development Company (TANMIA), Al-Hosn Investment Company and the Ministry of Defence Pension Fund. The signing of the agreement was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al-Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Authority. The ceremony was attended by HE Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Rasby, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defense, Shura Council members and their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the State of Qatar and the Republic of France and the United Kingdom.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Dhafir bin Awadh Marai Al Shanfari, OAPFD CEO; Mr. Ben Bridge, Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice President Global Business; Sheikh Rashid Bin Saif Al Saadi, CEO of TANMIA; Mr. Osama Mariam, CEO of Al-Hosn Investment; and Captain Said bin Hamad Al Ismaili, Assistant General Manager of the Ministry of Defence Pension Fund.
The Oman Aviation Academy is one of the Partnerships for Development (PFD) Programme projects and is considered to be the first aviation training company to be established in Oman, in cooperation with Airbus Helicopters. Moreover, the Academy will be based in Sohar Airport and is expected to be operated by CAE, a leading civil and defense aviation training company with approximately 160 training sites in more than 35 countries around the world.
OAA will provide aviation training for national and regional cadres with the aim of them obtaining an EASA aviation frozen (ATPL), which enables them to be pilots in regional and international airlines.
The first phase of the Academy will kick off in the last quarter of this year. The Authority has signed a cooperation agreement with Sultan Qaboos University and in October, the first group of students will begin a special foundation course developed by SQU for OAA students.
The Oman Aviation Academy project will play an important role in the development of the Sultanate's national economy through the development of the local aviation sector and training of highly skilled graduated pilot as well as its future role in meeting the needs of the Middle East for aviation professionals which is estimated at being more than 30,000 pilots over the next 20 years. The Academy is expected to attract more than 80 trainees each academic year from both local and regional pilots. CAE also expects to play an important role in marketing the Academy both regionally and globally through its global aviation training network.
The Academy will also play an important role in enhancing the operational role of Sohar Airport, attracting foreign investments and providing around 50 new direct jobs.
OAA facilities will be built with capacity of 150 trainees. It will include Aircraft Hangar, student accommodation, tower and a taxiway.
The construction works will begin in the last quarter of 2017. The Academy will be equipped with the latest specifications and standards and will be equipped with nine single-engine piston aircraft and four twin-engine aircraft for flight training and simulators.
Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Authority, expressed the importance of this new project and how it is the first of its kind in the Sultanate. "This important agreement reflected the strategic partnership between the Sultanate and Shareholders companies and it will play role in supplying the local aviation sector with pilots either in civil or military sector.
He added, "The Oman Aviation Academy is an educational training platform that will contribute to promoting the education sector through the development of a new training curriculum. We hope that through this project, the Sultanate will be the first destination for neighbouring and regional countries to benefit from the training and educational services in the field of aviation sector."
"Airbus has always prided itself on its longstanding relationship with Oman, our partnership with Oman Aviation Academy is a direct reflection of our efforts to support Oman aerospace industry and be part of its growth vision" said Mr. Ben Bridge, Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice President Global Business. "We are keen to help shape the future of Oman's fast-growing aerospace sector by fostering innovation and talent development" he added.
In the margins of the ceremony, the Oman Aviation Academy signed a training agreement with Oman Air. OAA will provide the training required for 48 pilots annually from Oman Air instead of sending them abroad for flight training.
Dr. Dhafir bin Awadh Mari Al Shanfari welcomed the signing of the agreements which a chives one of the Partnership for Development programme objectives to create new investment partnerships with the world's leading companies. "We are pleased to sign these agreements and this strategic partnership between various stakeholders to move the Oman Aviation Academy to an advanced stage. This is a good occasion which coincides with the Sultanate's celebrations of the blessed Renaissance. We are delighted to be working with Airbus Helicopters and this is final project as part of the current offset/PFD commitment and we hope to build on this project in future obligations. The Academy will play an important role in attracting trainees from abroad, especially from neighbouring countries." He added: "We thank all the participating companies and agencies supporting the Academy, the Royal Air Force of Oman, Oman Air, Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), Oman Airports Management Company, Sultan Qaboos University, and Ministry of Manpower for their trust in the Oman Aviation Academy, which represents a successful cooperation and strategic partnership between government local investors and international institutions".
Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air welcomed the training agreement with Oman Aviation Academy stating "Oman Air is delighted to sign this agreement with The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD). Under this arrangement, the first group of Omani cadets jointly sponsored by the Oman Aviation Academy and Oman Air, will receive training under the cadet-pilot programme to obtain a CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) /IR (Integrated Rating) with frozen ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence). Oman Air will greatly benefit through training the cadets in its state-of-the-art facility based at Oman Air's headquarters in Muscat, ensuring efficient Omanisation requirements. The national carrier synergises seamlessly with OAPFD that strives to enhance the Partnership for Development Programme to achieve comprehensive and sustainable economic development in the Sultanate."
Shaikh Rashid bin Saif Al Saadi, CEO of TANMIA, expressed his pleasure on the completion of an important milestone in the incorporation of Oman Aviation Academy evidencing the strategic partnership with the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD). "This partnership confirms TANMIA's commitment to harnessing its capabilities towards the Blessed Renaissance which was established by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said indicating that this partnership is in line with the company's principles to enter into strategic investments in various sectors that generate dynamic benefits for the Omani economy and viable returns to shareholders."
"This strategic partnership with the offset fund is set to setup Oman's first Aviation Academy. The diversity of the partnership that enhances the collaborations between the government and the private sector to achieve the economy diversification into education and training. The Academy will play a key social role within the country to contribute to the Omanisation plan as part of the Oman's government vision 2020. It will support the aviation business development in Oman by preparing the next generation of local flight instructors and competent airline pilots. Being in Sohar with the current flight expansion from Salam Air and Qatar airways will further enhance the business prospects and the growth of the academy." Commented Osama Mariam, CEO - Al Hosn Investment company (A joint venture between the government Oman & Qatar)
Captain Saeed Bin Hamad Al-Ismaily, Assistant Director General of the Ministry of Defense Pension Fund, said that:" OAA project has a great importance to the Sultanate in general, and to the Ministry's pension fund in particular. The project is one of the vital projects that will serve the national requirements for the next coming years in terms of strengthening the national capacities, and train the pilot cadets leading to obtaining an International pilot licenses. Furthermore, opening the Omani market for more foreign investments, as well as making partnerships with international expert organizations that specialized in the training of pilots. In addition, this academy will provide and support the requirements of all entities who are attracting pilots locally and regionally. For all the above reasons the Ministry of Defense's pension fund was keen to participate in this project".
OAPFD is currently studying new and strategic projects that will contribute to the development and diversification of national economy.
OAPFD hosts Malaysian Experts at a Workshop on How to Manage Offsets successfully based on the Malaysian Experience
In co-operation between the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) and Kuala Lumpur Strategy and Consultancy Services (KLSCS), the OAPFD yesterday hosted a technical training workshop for the PFD Program with the theme (How to manage Offsets successfully – the Malaysian Experience). The workshop was presented jointly by Dr. Jesbil Singh, a former Deputy Secretary-General (Management) of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence and now the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Industry Relations and Corporate Affairs) at the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) and by Dr. Kogila Balakrishnan, formerly the Undersecretary for Defence Industry at the Malaysian Ministry of Defence and now Head of Business Development and Client Management at Warwick University's Manufacturing Group (WMG).
The focus of the two-day workshop is preparing over 80 participants from more than 38 entities who are obliged to implement the PFD Programme, as well as OAPFD staff, to become effective PFD (Offset) Managers with adequate real-life skills. The workshop is unique as it has been developed combining academic rigour, government experience and industrial know-how of offset management. The workshop includes extensive comparative literature input along with empirical evidence of offset successes and supported by substantive hands-on and practical aspects and experience on how to manage offsets successfully
The workshop's aim is that after completion of this module, successful participants will be able to critically appraise the impact of offsets on defense business, industrial and technological development, compare and critically evaluate the effectiveness of offsets practices globally and understand and evaluate how offsets can be used to create innovative business models.
During the workshop, Dr. Jesbil and Dr. Kogila discussed the objective of Offsets strategy and Policy, successful offsets project management and negotiation and how we can manage Offsets risks.
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development aims that through organizing this kind of training workshop, to enhance the skills development in the field of offsets management leading to human capacity development in a highly specialized and niche area in line with Government of Oman's aspiration to have a highly skilled workforce that will result in their ability to manage offsets projects more effectively.
Omani Authority for Partnership for Development Oman Sail and launch new National Leadership Training Programme
Oman Sail has joined forces with the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) to launch the Zimam National Leadership Programme aimed at building the capacity of Omani school children and college students through experiential learning. The initial pilot programme was announced at a press conference held on Sunday, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Muna Al Jardaniya, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Manpower, H.E Hamoud Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and H.E. John Wilks, British Ambassador to Oman, where Oman Sail, CEO David Graham and OAPFD CEO Dr Dhafir Al Shanfari discussed the vital role the programme will have in developing the confidence, leadership, decision-making and problem-solving skills of young Omanis as they prepare for the next stage of their life. Upon the success of the pilot programme, a wider syllabus has been developed to be rolled out enabling Omani children to undertake a full leadership development pathway throughout their school and college careers and help to build the leaders of Oman's future.
The new partnership between OAPFD and Oman Sail will take 900 male and female students from seven government schools and five colleges in the North and South Al Batinah Region and train them in groups and as individuals using Oman Sail's proven Corporate Personal Development programme. The schools' programme will take grade eight students from government schools close to Mussanah for a 2-day course to develop teamwork, communication and confidence, while the course for college students will be a 3-day residential course focused on discipline, responsibility, problem-solving and career planning, and delivered to students from Mussanah, Rustaq, Shinas, Sohar and the Oman Tourism College.
The Programme will be one of the Youth Skills Development Programmes (YSDP) sponsored by OAPFD which aims to reach a wider target group from school and college students, job seekers, and government employees and bring international knowledge and expertise in building the national Human Resources Capacity. This is done by providing students with a platform to develop their day-to-day performance, work ethics, soft and hard skills, and boosting participant enthusiasm to learn and develop.
Dr.Dhafir Al Shanfari, CEO of OAPFD, said, "Zimam National Leadership Programme is one of OAPFD objectives to develop the human resources. The ultimate goal is to make this programme a national learning initiative, and together we aim to teach soft skills which will help students set personal goals and equip them with the self-confidence and interpersonal skills required to succeed, making them more employable in the future and able to make a telling contribution to the future of Oman's growth."
During the programme, students will bond as a team while developing new skills and unlocking hidden potential. The experiential learning will encourage participants to plan, stay disciplined and trust each other while quickly finding and adopting solutions to new problems. The enhanced programme for college students will deliver training in how to write an effective resumé and practice interviewing for a job to enhance their employability ahead of joining the workforce after graduation.
David Graham, Oman Sail CEO, said, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the visionary, forward thinking partner – OAPFD. Our joint aim is to deliver high quality self-leadership training to the Omani Youth on a National Scale. We are taking the principles we adopted when coaching our Omani Sailors to the top of the sport – and encouraging our delegates to use them in their daily lives."
"We are using the outdoors to coach listening, self-belief, self-motivation, tenacity, diligence, focus, attention to detail and teamwork. We strongly believe this will have a profound impact on Oman for many years to come. "
Training will take place at Oman Sail's Leadership Development Training Centre at the Millennium Resort Mussanah where students will take part in outdoor activities on land and at sea, including sailing, many of which the students will be experiencing for the first time as part of this Zimam National Leadership Programme.
OAPFD in Cooperation with the Omani British Lawyers Association shares its Experience in Applying the PFD Programme
The OAPFD conducted a briefing session on 1st February 2017 at the British Council, in cooperation with the Omani British Lawyers Association, to number of lawyers from the association and their guests, attending the session. The purpose of the presentation was to present the program and its Regulations to the attendees to reach to a common understanding of the mechanisms of implementation of the programme prior to signing any government contracts.
The OAPFD team headed by Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al-Shanfari the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, gave a presentation on the history of the PFD Programme and how it began in the Ministry of Defence in 2000 leading up to the issuing of Royal Decree 9/2014 in February 2014 and the establishment of the Authority.
Mr. Paul Williams, Adviser within the OAPFD, presented the objectives of the program, which are to diversify the national economy, enhance national capabilities including military and security capabilities, and strengthening the private sector through new technologies and human resource development.
Mr. Williams then presented the latest OAPFD Regulations that were approved by the Authority's Board of Trustees in June 2015.
The session was interactive with a high level of interaction with the participants who expressed their appreciation of the engagement by the Authority with their organization.
The Omani Authority for Partnership For Development (OAPFD) and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) signed a Co-Operation Contract
SQU has signed a contract with The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development representing the Oman Aviation Academy (OAA) project to establish and deliver the Academic Foundation program for Oman Aviation Academy students.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Dhafir Awad Al Shanfari the Chief Executive Officer of OAPFD and Dr. Ali Huashil Al Shaily the Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs of Sultan Qaboos University. The ceremony was attended by Prof. Amer Ali Al Rawas, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Community Service, Honored Dr. Badria Ibrahim Al-Shehi, Director of the Centre for Preparatory Studies and Captain Abdullah Murad Al Bulushi the Project Manager of Oman Aviation Academy.
Commenting of the event, Dr Dhafir Awadh Al Shanfari Stated" This educational program which signed today with SQU is the initial stage of the establishment of Oman Aviation Academy (OAA). The academy will contribute in national economy development through the knowledge and technology transfer and enhancing the educational sectors in Oman. The academy will be one of best in the region that provide the aviation training to local and regional students".
Prof. Amer Ali Al Rawas, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Community Service Stated "This program comes within the university's interest to contribute to the development process of the Sultanate and articulates its role as a house of experience for community service of preparing the Omani youth to take their role in development of the country."
He added "The university provided a constituent educational program for one year; it contains three semesters and offers English for Aviation, Basic Physics and Mathematics courses for those who are enrolled in the Oman Aviation Academy in order to qualify them to study their academic program. The university will make every effort for the success of this program and to achieve the objectives and hope to have a good debut for greater and more comprehensive cooperation in the field of education between the university and the OAPFD. Finally, I would like to thank Honored Dr. Badria Ibrahim Al-Shehi, Director of the Centre for Preparatory Studies and her colleagues, as well as those from the Authority for their efforts in forming this program and finalizing it, which is finally been signed this year"
The Oman Aviation Academy will be the first professional aviation training organization in Oman for ab-initio pilot training. The project will in partnership with Airbus Helicopters and CAE-Oxford Aviation Academy (One of the top pilot training organizations in the world). The aim of the project is to training the national and regional cadets to receive the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). This qualification will enable the graduated students to work in any local and international airlines. In addition to the that, The academy will provide special training programs for military pilot training. The academy is planned to be launched by the third quarter of 2017 at Sohar Airport.
The Oman Aviation Academy will play a role in the diversification of the national economy and the development of the local aviation industry by attracting foreign pilot trainees to eventually graduate as pilots with an international accredited pilot certification. Additionally, the Academy will provide operational requirements in Sohar airport, which will contribute to increasing the air traffic and attract the regional and global airlines through Sohar Airport.
Moreover, the academy will contribute to the development of human capital and the creation of new jobs, where it is expected that the academy will provide more than 50 jobs and train more than 80 trainees during in the academic year.
OAPFD participates at the Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC 2017) in the UAE
OAPFD participated in the Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC 2017) in UAE which organized by Tawazun Economic Council, that supervised the implementation of the program in the UAE. Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al-Shanfari, Chief Executive Officer of Omani Authority for Partnership for Development, led the Omani delegation to UAE. The three-day conference aims to discuss different issues relating to global offset, countertrade, industry and education, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia with the theme of the Conference being "Enticing Opportunities: The role of industrial partnerships in a shifting economic landscape".
The Conference was attended by delegates from Government, industry experts and leading international companies from both Defence and Industry. ADIOC represents an opportunity to exchange expert views and to share best practice in core offset principles such as economic diversification, foreign direct investments, technology transfer, fair trade, and joint cooperation between countries.
Dr. Dhafir delivered a presentation on Oman's PFD Program - the second official presentation of the PFD Program and its Regulations to an international audience. In his presentation he explained the history of the PFD Program and how it began in the Ministry of Defence in 2000, up to the issuing of Royal Decree 9/2014 in February 2014 and the establishment of the Authority, the independent body that manages the PFD Program. He mentioned in the presentation the role of OAPFD to manage and administer the Partnership for Development (PFD/Offset) Program and ensure that all units of the State Administrative Apparatus and the companies in which the Government share is more than 50% should apply the PFD program in all procurement contracts with foreign companies and with local companies where foreign content is involved. The PFD program is 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.
Dr. Dhafir said: "ADIOC conference is the ideal forum for us to present the Sultanate's experience in the implementation of the PFD/Offset program. In addition to that, the Conference is an excellent platform for exchanging expert views and for creating industrial relationships and for strengthening our current partnerships with the aim of advancing economic diversification in Oman".
OAPFD had previously participated in 2016 in the Global Industrial Cooperation Conference (GICC) in Spain as the first official presentation of the PFD Program. The participation in these Conferences and Forums are part of the OAPFD's strategy in introducing Oman's experience in implementation and the mechanisms for its implementation to achieve the objectives of the OAPFD.
OAPFD Signs the First Civil Agreement for "PFD" and 6 Defence and Security PFD Agreements
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development has signed the first civil PFD agreement under the Partnership for Development (Offset) Programme. The Agreement is the first to be signed since the release of its Regulations in June 2015 following the issue of the Royal Decree in February 2014 which requires that all units of the State Administrative Apparatus (civil, military and security) and the companies in which the Government share is more than 50%, shall be committed to include PFD in the contracts for executing infrastructure projects and contracts for the supply of weapons and military and security equipment of value exceeding RO 5,000,000 (Five Million Omani Rial).
The PFD agreement was signed with the Turkish company Serka Taahhüt Insaat A.S in a joint venture (JV) with the Portuguese company MSF Engenharia S.A. Serka Taahhüt Insaat A.S are one of the leading companies in the civil construction and public works sector.
The signing of the PFD agreement is a result of a contract for the construction of the second phase of the drainage systems for Duqm Refinery area.
In addition to the civil PFD Agreement, the Authority has signed 6 defence and security PFD agreements with various leading companies in the world. The first Agreement was signed with the Australian company AUSTALa major defence prime contractor and maritime technology partner of choice who designs, constructs and supports revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world's leading operators. The second agreement was with Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE), a manufacturer of simulation and modeling technologies and training services to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, defense customers and mining companies.
The third and fourth PFD Agreements were signed with USA company Lenco Armored Vehicles, the Nation’s leading designer and manufacturer of tactical armored security vehicles and with Morpho S.A.S., a French multinational company of Safran, specialized in electronic security solutions respectively.
In the recent months OAPFD has signed agreements with Korea CNO Tech Company, specialized in manufactures and provides military training equipments such as practice hand grenade, brass catcher and Military & Police supplies and a South African company DENEL, strategic partner for innovative defence, security and related technology solutions.
The Agreement aims to explore opportunities in the field of partnership and cooperation between the Authority and the companies in several areas including training and qualifying Omani cadres; supporting small and medium enterprises; enhancing technology in both the Government and private sectors; enhancing military and security capabilities within the Sultanate and facilitating investment.
OAPFD welcomes the signing by these participants in the PFD Programme following the promulgation of Royal Decree 9/2014 and the ratification of the 2015 PFD Regulations.
The Authority is currently studying the implementation of two new projects; one is the first in the Sultanate in the field of Cyber Security and the second project is air transport services by using helicopters. Both projects are in the final steps of the feasibility study stage.
OAPFD PRESENTS PFD PROGRAM TO OMAN CIVIL CONTRACTORS
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD), conducted a Workshop at Bank Muscat Hall on 31ST August 2016 that was attended by over 40 civil contracting companies.
The Workshop was part of a Roadshow to increase awareness of the PFD Program and its Regulations and was in response to requests from Contractors for a better understanding of how the PFD Program applies to them and the ways in which a PFD Obligation can be discharged. To date the Roadshow has reached out to a number of entities and people including Defence and Security, Investment companies, Legal firms, and Government and Semi Government units. The Workshop held on 31st August was for the benefit of local and international civil contractors.
Mr. Paul Williams, PFD Adviser, gave a presentation on the background and history of the PFD Program along with an overview of the current Regulations. The Partnership for Development Program (PFD), is the name by which ‘Offset’ is known in Oman. PFD was launched by the Ministry of Defence in 1999 and at the time applied only to procurements by the Ministry of Defense. In November 2008 the management of the program moved to the Ministry of Commerce but continued dealing only with Defence procurements. Royal Decree 9/2014 issued on the 3rd February 2014 created a new entity – The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development – to own and run the PFD Program and, at the same time, extending the program to incorporate civil infrastructure procurement as well as extending to all Security Agencies in the Sultanate. The PFD Program now applies to 39 Government and Semi-Government units.
Mr. Williams explained the objectives of the programme, which are to diversify the national economy, enhance national capabilities including military and security capabilities, and strengthening the private sector through new technologies and human resource development while applying the three main principles of PFD projects, which are ADDITIONALITY – proposals must reflect incremental or new business; SUSTAINABILITY – project must be sustainable beyond the obligation period; and RESPONSIBILITY – the fulfilment of any PFD Obligations lies solely with the Obligor.
In addition, Rahma Al-Riyamy, Contracts Consultant at OAPFD expanded on this giving a more detailed overview of the Program’s implementation in the Civil Sector with a focus on how In Country Value (ICV) and PFD compliment each other and how activities under ICV play a role in discharging a PFD Obligation. In her presentation she focused on PFD procedures and processes specific to civil procurements and as to the contractor’s obligations when tendering for the Omani government to ensure compliance with the Royal Decree and the Regulations.
OAPFD in Cooperation with the OABC Introduce the Partnership for Development Programme (OFFSET)
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD), in cooperation with the Oman American Business Center (OABC) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Daud, the President of the OABC, conducted a briefing on its Partnership for Development (PFD) Programme. More than 50 companies and members from OABC and US Embassy attended, representing both the Defence, Security and Civil Sectors.
The briefing was part of an awareness campaign conducted by the Authority to present the Programme and its Regulations to international contractors and other stakeholders in order to increase awareness and knowledge and facilitate the implementation of the PFD programme. Also, it was part of OABC's activities to promote the exchange of information, advice and ideas for the US business community in Oman.
The CEO of OAPFD, Dr. Dhafir Al-Shanfari opened the briefing and expressed his appreciation of the OABC’s invitation to present the PFD Programme and its new regulation.
"OAPFD welcomes such forums which are an excellent platform for introducing the PFD Programme and its Regulations to international contractors and key stakeholders," Dr. Dhafir Al-Shanfari said.
Mr. Paul Williams, Adviser within the OAPFD, gave a presentation on the history of the PFD Programme. He explained the objectives of the programme, which are to diversify the national economy, enhance national capabilities including military and security capabilities, and strengthening the private sector through new technologies and human resource development. Williams then presented the latest OAPFD Regulations that were approved by the Authority's Board of Trustees in June 2015.
In addition, Rahma Al-Riyamy, Contracts Consultant at OAPFD gave a presentation on the procedures and processes of the PFD Programme with a focus on those issues specific to Civil Contracts.
There was a high level of interaction by the participants at the briefing as they shared opinions on how to promote trade between the U.S. and Oman and further the business ties and friendly relations between the two countries.
Ali Daud, Chairman of OABC, said, “Our meeting with the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development was directed towards updating the business community on the history & background of offset (PFD) in Oman and general introduction to the PFD program and the procedures to be followed, including issues specific to Civil Contracts. In addition, the gathering facilitated an opportunity for companies to ask questions, receive clarification and share their experiences for our consideration.
OAPFD in Cooperation with the French Embassy Presents its Experience in Applying the PFD Programme
The OAPFD conducted a briefing session on 9th June 2016 at Park Inn Hotel, in cooperation with French Embassy, to 18 delegates from French companies active in Oman, representing both the Defence & Security and Civil sectors. The purpose of the presentation was to present the Programme and its Regulations to the attendees.
Mr. Paul Williams, Adviser within the OAPFD, gave a presentation on the history of the PFD Programme and how it began in the Ministry of Defence in 2000 before being transferred to the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2008 leading up to the issuing of Royal Decree 9/2014 in February 2014 and the establishment of the Authority, the independent body that manages the PFD Programme. He emphasized the objectives of the programme, which are to diversify the national economy, enhance national capabilities including military and security capabilities, and strengthening the private sector through new technologies and human resource development. In presenting Mr Williams drew on his experience of Offset Programmes worldwide and how Oman’s Programme was based on world best practice.
Mr Williams then presented the latest OAPFD Regulations that were approved by the Authority's Board of Trustees in June 2015 .
In addition, Rahma Al-Riyami, Contracts Consultant at OAPFD presented on the relationship between the PFD and ICV programmes.
The session was interactive with a high level of interaction with the participants.
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development Presents Opportunities for Collaboration and Investment in the PFD Projects
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) conducted a workshop yesterday that was attended by 20 local investments Units from both the public and private sectors including various investment pension funds and commercial banks in the Sultanate.
The workshop highlighted some successful Offset projects in the world and potential investments opportunities in PFD Projects in Oman.
CEO of OAPFD, Dr. Dhafir A. Al-Shanfari, presented the role of PFD programme aimed at diversifying sources of national income and creating an efficient sustainable economy. Dr. Al-Shanfari emphasized the importance of the PFD Programme and the benefits that can be derived from the PFD Projects in developing the economy of the country.
Dr. Al-Shanfari pointed at the Sultanate's infrastructures that encourage and facilitate both national and foreign investments. The Sultanate is characterized by its geographical location, stable economy, strong infrastructure and political and social stability that aids investors to invest in Oman.
OAPFD presented the available investment opportunities in the PFD projects, such as, the Oman Aviation Academy (OAA) which is the first regional Flight Academy in Oman for the training of pilots from the ab initio stage (the term used to describe the very first stage of flight training) up to the point where a cadet secures his or her license (MPL or ATPL). The objectives is to be the industry’s most advanced regional civil and military pilot training in a fully-integrated facility in Oman.
Another PFD project presented was the Oman Marine Biotechnology Center (OCMB) which is the first commercially operated research and development company in marine sciences in Oman. OCMB aims to explore the seas of Sultanate and the plants and fungi that are used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food industries. OCMB also aims to attract Omani researchers and Students of Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees to conduct research projects, thus develop their skills.
At the end of the workshop OAPFD presented some of the prospective future PFD projects which the Authority will invite potential investors to participate in.
The Sultanate of Oman participates in the Global Industrial Cooperation Conference (GICC) in Spain represented by OAPFD
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) recently participated in the Global Industrial Cooperation Conference (GICC) 2016 (Offset Conference), which was held in Toledo, Spain from the 22nd to the 25th of this month. Dr. Dhafir Awadh Al-Shanfari, its Chief Executive Officer accompanied by Board of Trustees member Brigadier Jamal Saeed Al-Taie, the Director General of Financial Affairs of the Royal Oman Police headed the OAPFD delegation.
More than 300 participants from over 30 countries attended 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 trade and commerce 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 - the first official presentation of the PFD Programme and its Regulations to an international audience. In his presentation he explained the history of the PFD Program and how it began in the Ministry of Defence in 2000 before being transferred to the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2008 leading up to the issuing of Royal Decree 9/2014 in February 2014 and the establishment of the Authority, the independent body that manages the PFD Programme. 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 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 .
In addition, the delegation conducted the annual review meeting with US Company Raytheon, and other Obligors that have PFD obligations with the OAPFD, in order to discuss mutual business and projects.
OAPFD Highlights the Relationship between the PFD and ICV Program
The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development held on 27 April, its second workshop in 2016 at the Park Inn Hotel in Khuwair. Representatives are from 25 units both the public sector and companies from various industries including transport (Land & Air), telecommunication, water, electricity, sanitary, tourism, ports and environment attended and participated in the workshop.
The primary objective of the PFD and ICV program is to diversify the national sources of income thereby ensuring the sustainability of the national economy. ICV is one of the strategic tools whereby obligors (contactors) can discharge their PFD obligations.
At the workshop OAPFD discussed the mechanism of crediting ICV within civil contracts towards discharging the PFD obligation.
OAPFD had organized in the month of March its first awareness workshop for the Military and Security Units. 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 (Offset) program and the mechanisms for its implementation to achieve the objectives of the OAPFD.
Review of OAPFD 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Plan
5 Agreements signed & 13 new Obligors in 2015
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) held its first meeting in 2016 under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud bin Ali Al-Sunaidy, the Minister of Commerce and Industry.The CEO of OAPFD, Dr.Dhafir Al-Shanfari reviewed 2015 annual report focused on the Authority's achievements and annual 2016 plan centred on organisational set up matters, PFD program implementation process, current and future expected projects.
OAPFD has signed 5 PFD agreements with foreign companies in 2015. The agreements aim to achieve the objectives of the Authority which are to diversify the national economy, enhance the military and security capabilities, strengthen the private sector and promote human resource development and Knowledge transfer in Oman.
The first agreements was signed with USA Company Raytheon, a major defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing in weapons and military and commercial electronics. The second agreement was with the Finnish company Marine Alutech, a leading designer and manufacturer of fast patrol boats in Northern Europe.
In the recent months OAPFD has signed agreements with two additional USA Companies; Bell Helicopters Textron Inc., a leader in aircraft industry and Lockheed Martin International, one of the world's premier companies in the aerospace, defence, security and technology industry.The fifth PFD Agreement was signed with the Turkish Company, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S., a leading manufacturer and supplier of tracked and wheeled armored combat vehicles and weapon systems.
The five companies have expressed full readiness to cooperate with OAPFD to support and consolidate the strategic, economic coperation.In 2015 there are 13 Obligors, bringing the total number of Obligors to 24.OAPFD seeks to translate all the Obligations into vital projects to contribute to the development of the national economy in the coming years.
OAPFD also discussed with the Board the latest developments regarding the PFD Projects. The Authority regularly reviews the progressing the implementation of the PFD projects with the respective project teams .
OAPFD held a series of direct meetings with various stakeholders including officials, contractors and suppliers from various local and foreign companies this year. The first military and security sector awareness workshop was organized to ensure successful application of the PFD Program in achieving its goals and as mandated by the Royal Decree. Additional workshops are planned including OAPFD program's role in promoting in-country value (ICV) and promoting investment and a workshop for the Omani stakeholders who can benefit from the program in the future.
During the meeting OAPFD lunched their new website (www.oapfd.om) in line with the Omani government's drive to enhance e-government through the Digital Oman Initiative. OAPFD Website was created in collaboration with the Innovation and Support Center of Information Technology Authority (ITA). The website is an important communication gateway between the Authority and the local Units who should apply the Program and foreign contractors and suppliers.
First workshop introducing t he Partnership for Development Programme (Offset) discusses the mechanisms of implementing the Programme
On 23 November 2015, the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) presented the first workshop introducing the Partnership for Development (PFD) Programme – known globally as "Offset" at the Omani College of Tourism in Muscat. There was a wide representation from Oman Public sector and companies who are obliged to implement the PFD Programme, as well as from Omani investment and legal institutions.
The workshop was part of an awareness campaign conducted by the Authority and a start of a series of introductory workshops, conferences in order to increase awareness and knowledge and facilitate the implementation of the PFD programme.The objectives of the OAPFD are to diversify the national economy reliance on Oil & Gas to other areas and enhance the national capabilities in defence and security, whilst strengthening the private sector and promoting human resource development in Oman.
The CEO of OAPFD, Dr. Dhafir Al-Shanfari opened the workshop. In his welcoming speech, Dr. Al-Shanfari praised His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on the occasion of the 45th glorious National Day praying to the Almighty to bless him with good health and a long life. Dr. Al-Shanfari then elaborated on the history of the PFD Programme and how it began in the Ministry of Defence in 2000 before being transferred to the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2008 leading to the Royal Decree 9/2014 in February 2014 to create an independent Authority, OAPFD. Dr. Al-Shanfari emphasized the importance of the PFD programme which is employed in many countries around the world and serves as a valuable economic tool and source of funding for accomplishing a variety of goals relating to economic diversification, enhancing national capabilities including military and security capabilities, and strengthening the private sector with new technologies and human resource development.
In addition, the PFD Programme is an important governmental tool that Oman could benefit from, to help reduce the economy's dependency on oil as a primary income source for the country. The programme will support local resources and Oman industry through the relationships formed with the foreign companies under the programme.Further, Dr. Al-Shanfari highlighted the importance of Governmental Institutions and companies where the Government's shareholding is more than 50%, in cooperating and working with OAPFD to implement the PFD program successfully.
Mr. Paul Williams, OAPFD Expert and Adviser, gave a presentation on the history of Offset worldwide, showcasing the best international practices. Mr Williams then presented the latest OAPFD Regulations that were approved by the Authority's Board of Trustees in June 2015. He explained the i mportance of both this workshop and the ones that will follow as a means of communication between OAPFD and the institutions required to implement the programme.There was a high level of interaction by the participants at the workshop as they shared opinions on how to develop and support the PFD programme in light of economic progress and development.At the end of the workshop, Dr. Al-Shanfari expressed his confidence that the work of OAPFD will contribute to accomplishing His Majesty's vision of diversifying the Sultanate's income and creating a sustainable, vibrant economy.
Omani Authority for Partnership for Development signs the first PFD agreements following the approval of the new Regulations with the US Company, Raytheon and with the Finnish Company, Marine Alutech
The Omani Authority for Partnership For Development has signed two PFD agreements under the Partnership for Development (Offset) Programme, the first to be signed since the release of its Regulations following the issue of the Royal Decree.
The first to be signed was with the US Company Raytheon, a major defence contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing capabilities in weapons and military and commercial electronics. The agreement was signed on behalf of the Authority by Dr. Dhafir bin Awad Al Shanfari, its Chief Executive Officer, while D.J. Broadbent, Vice-President Contracts at Raytheon signed on behalf of the US Company.The Agreement aims to explore opportunities in the field of partnership and cooperation between the Authority and the Company in several areas including training and qualifying Omani cadres; supporting small and medium enterprises; enhancing technology in both the Government and private sectors; enhancing military and security capabilities within the Sultanate; and facilitating investment.
The Agreement affirms Raytheon's commitment to support Oman's growth objectives. "Raytheon looks forward to working with our partners in Oman to develop projects that will have a lasting positive impact on the Sultanate of Oman's economic development,"said Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy , Chairman and CEO of Raytheon, adding "we don't see PFD as an obligation but rather as an opportunity for further cooperation with Oman".
The second PFD Agreement to be signed was with Finnish company Marine Alutech, a leading designer and manufacturer of fast patrol boats in Northern Europe. The agreement was signed on behalf of the Authority by Dr. Dhafir bin Awad Al Shanfari, its Chief Executive Officer, while Mr. Niko Haro, CEO of Marine Alutech, signed on behalf of the Company. The Company expressed its full readiness to cooperate with the Authority in several areas such as technology transfer, creation of a local production line and development of new products in partnership with local manufacturers.
"The OAPFD welcomes the signing by these first participants in the PFD Programme following the promulgation of Royal Decree 9/2014 and the ratification of the 2015 PFD Regulations. We anticipate many years of productive cooperation together with these Companies to further the strategic national priorities of the Sultanate of Oman," said Dr. Dhafir Al Shanfari, CEO of the OAPFD.
As mentioned above, the signing of these two agreements came after the recent ratification by the Board of Trustees of the OAPFD of the Regulations for the Partnership for Development (PFD) Programme (Omani Offset Regulations), which obliges all units of the State Administrative Apparatus (civil, military and security) and the companies in which the Government share is more than 50%, to be committed to include in the contracts for executing infrastructure projects and contracts for the supply of weapons and military and security equipment the value of which exceed RO 5,000,000 (Five Million Omani Rial) to which it is a party, a clause providing that the parties are committed to enter into PFD contracts for projects and strategic programmes within the Sultanate resulting in local value-add for the national economy.
The Board of Truste es of the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development approves its "PFD Regulations" and reviews its Projects and Plans for the future
The Board of Trustees of the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development held its second meeting on Wednesday June 3, 2015 at the headquarters of the Authority under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ali bin Masoud bin Ali Al Sunaidy, the Minister of Commerce and Industry and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The Board approved the revised Regulations for the Partnership for Development (PFD) Programme (Omani Offset Regulations) and these come into effect immediately.
The Board discussed the latest administrative developments and future plans of the Authority while also reviewing a number of projects currently under development. These projects include:-
1. The establishment of a National Youth Academy in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower to train and empower the Omani youth in the logistics sector;
2.The creation of an Oman Centre for Marine Biotechnology in cooperation with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), which aims to become the premier commercially operated research and development institution in marine sciences in the Region. The Centre will be located in Al Hail on land belonging to SQU.
3.The Authority, along with Oman Air and the Oman Airports Management Company, is looking into the feasibility of establishing a Flight Academy to be located in Sohar. The aim of this project is to provide ab initio flight training leading to a commercial pilot's license and a career in international aviation.
By supervising the implementation of such projects, the Authority seeks to help bring about economic diversification within the Sultanate and thereby reducing the dependence on the hydrocarbons industries.