Con­fer­ence dis­cusses fu­ture of hu­man re­source man­age­ment

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Oman So­ci­ety for Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment (OSHRM) on Tues­day opened its fourth an­nual con­fer­ence un­der the pa­tron­age of H H Sayyid Taimur bin Asad al Said, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at The Re­search Coun­cil.

The three-day event is be­ing held at the Oman Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

This year’s con­fer­ence, be­ing held un­der the theme ‘To­mor­row is now. Are we there yet?’, will pro­vide a plat­form to en­gage and in­spire the HR com­mu­nity in Oman and in the re­gion. The con­fer­ence, with more than 400 re­gional and in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants, has a num­ber of dis­cus­sions and de­lib­er­a­tions on the ever-evolv­ing and chal­leng­ing hu­man re­source land­scape.

Dr Ghalib Saif al Hosni, OSHRM pres­i­dent, said, “It is my plea­sure to be here with you to­day at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fourth an­nual con­fer­ence of the Oman So­ci­ety for Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment un­der the theme, ‘To­mor­row is now. Are we there yet?’ The con­fer­ence comes as a con­tin­u­a­tion of the big successes of the pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences. Since its of­fi­cial com­mence­ment in May 2014, OSHRM has con­tin­ued work­ing hard and con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of the hu­man re- source sec­tor in the sul­tanate.

“This is in­spired by the di­rec­tives of His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said who em­pha­sises on giv­ing the hu­man re­source in the coun­try the ut­most at­ten­tion and work­ing on its de­vel­op­ment and equip­ping it with the skills and knowl­edge re­quired by the labour mar­ket.

“OSHRM con­fer­ences were priv­i­leged to host a large num­ber of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional spe­cial­ists and ex­perts with much expe- ri­ence in the arena of hu­man re­source man­age­ment. These con­fer­ences con­sti­tute an ideal plat­form for ex­chang­ing ex­per­tise and knowl­edge and for dis­cussing fun­da­men­tal is­sues.”

He added, “Work­places have made in­cred­i­ble strides in the past few years and will con­tinue to make progress. This con­fer­ence give us a plat­form to dis­cuss where hu­man re­source is head­ing and the lessons we have learned and we are still learn­ing.”

The con­fer­ence is look­ing at how au­to­ma­tion, tech­nol­ogy, trans­parency, reg­u­la­tion, strat­egy and world econ­omy are af­fect­ing hu­man re­sources man­age­ment, said Dr Hosni.

“In the fu­ture some pro­fes­sions such as jour­nal­ism, ac­coun­tancy and le­gal pro­fes­sion can be re­placed by elec­tronic sys­tems. To­day there are fac­to­ries in Ja­pan that do not em­ploy any hu­man be­ings. The di­rec­tion of fu­ture is au­to­ma­tion.”

(Mus­cat Daily)

The OSHRM an­nual con­fer­ence be­gan un­der the pa­tron­age of H H Sayyid Taimur bin Asad al Said (left). Dig­ni­taries and par­tic­i­pants in the con­fer­ence (right)

Dr Ghalib Saif al Hosni

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