Muscat Daily

Rules to be amended to sup­port ex­hi­bi­tions, con­fer­ences sec­tor: MoCIIP

- Our Cor­re­spon­dent

As part of its ef­forts to sup­port companies in the ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences sec­tor, the Min­istry of Com­merce, In­dus­try and In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion (MoCIIP) is work­ing on amend­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion man­age­ment reg­u­la­tions spelt out in Min­is­te­rial De­ci­sion No 182/2017.

A state­ment is­sued by the min­istry said, ‘The new amend­ments will keep pace with the cur­rent eco­nomic con­di­tion in the sul­tanate. The amend­ments will pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for companies that or­gan­ise ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences and en­cour­age them to ex­pand, di­ver­sify and at­tract re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions, con­fer­ences and events to the sul­tanate.’

Fur­ther, the state­ment said, ‘The min­istry will con­sider the views of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the Oman Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences firms and the pri­vate sec­tor in fram­ing reg­u­la­tions be­fore ap­proval and is­suance.’

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry state­ment, the amend­ments will in­clude new for­mats of ex­hi­bi­tions in line with the cur­rent eco­nomic and health sit­u­a­tions. Among th­ese are vir­tual ex­hi­bi­tions which are or­gan­ised on elec­tronic plat­forms us­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

It will also sim­plify pro­ce­dures of per­mits for companies or­gan­is­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences and re­duce the num­ber of days to study ap­pli­ca­tions af­ter sub­mis­sion of all re­quired doc­u­ments.

‘The min­istry is keen to fol­low up on all the com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in the sul­tanate and the im­pact of the cur­rent con­di­tions that the sul­tanate is fac­ing as a re­sult of the COVID-19 pan­demic,’ the state­ment said.

‘The min­istry will con­tinue to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences or­gan­is­ing companies to per­form their ac­tiv­i­ties.’

The Ex­hi­bi­tions and Con­fer­ences Com­mit­tee of Oman Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try held its first meet­ing of 2021 on Fe­bru­ary 15 and de­manded fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion and ex­emp­tions in gov­ern­ment fees, rents and tax, in ad­di­tion to dis­counts from the Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre when ac­tiv­i­ties re­sume.

The com­mit­tee sug­gested the ex­hi­bi­tions sec­tor be in­cluded for sup­port by the Oman Devel­op­ment Bank and Raffd Fund for loans to SMEs to help th­ese companies or­gan­ise events.

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