Fifth Edition of Al Roya Youth Ini­tia­tive Award launched

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The fifth edition of the Al Roya Youth Ini­tia­tive Award was launched on Wed­nes­day in a grand cer­e­mony held un­der the aus­pices of H E Ali bin Khal­fan al Jabri, Un­der­sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion.

Ha­tim al Taie, gen­eral man­ager and edi­tor-in-chief of Al Roya news­pa­per, Said al Balushi, se­nior vice pres­i­dent-Tech­nicalof Oxy Oman, and Saif al Bu­saidi, vice pres­i­dent, HR, Ad­min and CSR of Oxy Oman at­tended the event. The launch cer­e­mony was held at Grand Hy­att.

“Our sup­port to the Al Roya Youth Ini­tia­tive Award is founded on our strong be­lief in youth devel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion. This sup­port is part of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity strat­egy and we share a vi­sion with Al Roya News­pa­per that al­ready has a record of unique so­cial ini­tia- tives,” said Balushi.

Taie said, “Our gath­er­ing here is just a sin­gle link in a long chain of ef­forts made by Al Roya to cre­ate a bet­ter to­mor­row for the youth of Oman. Our ef­forts are founded on as­pi­ra­tion, giv­ing, com­pet­i­tive­ness and in­no­va­tion. We aim to equip the youth with the tools to lead and re-ig­nite the pioneering spirit of their an­ces­tors in them.”

He added, “Al Roya Youth Ini­tia­tive Award, in its fifth edition, is the crown of suc­cess­ful pre­vi­ous edi­tions with a strate­gic part­ner­ship with Oxy Oman for the fifth year in a row. The ini­tial process was the hard­est. Our teams had to go down to the field from one gov­er­norate to an­other and get to the youth where they were, de­liver ex­pert aware­ness and in­spi­ra­tional talks.

“But our hard­est ef­forts also reaped re­wards and ap­pli­cants were sur­pris­ingly plen­ti­ful. With the help of this ini­tia­tive, young as­pir­ing tal­ents made it, for the first time, to the podium and were en­er­gised to pur­sue greater heights.

“The award for this year will fo­cus on sci­en­tific in­no­va­tion, es­pe­cially re­new­able en­ergy. A num­ber of work­shops will be or­gan­ised for young in­ven­tors.”

Faiza al Kal­bani, head of the econ­omy sec­tion at Al Roya, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about the award cat­e­gories, in­di­cat­ing that there will be eight cat­e­gories and three awards to be won in each, with a to­tal of 24 cash awards. The first win­ner of each cat­e­gory will re­ceive RO1,500, while the sec­ond will get RO1,000 and the third RO500, all with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

There will be no joint awards be­tween entries; ap­pli­cant teams will win their awards col­lec­tively and each mem­ber of the team will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate.

The award is tar­get­ing young Omani in­no­va­tors, stu­dents of all ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and all lo­cal youth teams. Ap­pli­cants have to be hold­ing the Omani cit­i­zen­ship, aged be­tween 18 and 40 years with an ex­cep­tion to the ro­botic sci­en­tific in­no­va­tion cat­e­gory which will be open for all from the age of six on­wards.

The agree­ment falls un­der the um­brella of strate­gic part­ner­ships and is part of Oxy Oman’s en­deav­our and longterm com­mit­ment to sup­port ini­tia­tives that en­hance eco­nomic growth and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and yield pos­i­tive im­pacts in the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

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