PDO AN­NOUNCES NEW SO­CIAL IN­VEST­MENT PROJECTS

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(PDO) has signed 10 Mem­o­ran­dums of Un­der­stand­ing (MoUs) for so­cial in­vest­ment projects to­talling more than RO 3.5 mil­lion.

The MoUs aim to ben­e­fit Omani com­mu­ni­ties across the com­pany’s con­ces­sion area through so­cial in­vest­ment ini­tia­tives in dif­fer­ent fields in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, safety, in­fra­struc­ture and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) sup­port. The MoUs were signed in an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at­tended by guest of hon­our Her Ex­cel­lency Dr Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shibani, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, at PDO’s Knowl­edge Word venue in Mus­cat.

Among the ini­tia­tives, PDO will con­struct 12 wings for fe­male stu­dents in seven schools in Al Wusta, one in Al Dakhliya and four in Dho­far. Each wing will con­sist of eight class­rooms, two of­fices, two teacher rooms, a foot­ball play­ground, a school can­teen and sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties, which will help to boost fe­male ed­u­ca­tion and in­clu­sion. The com­pany also re­cently com­pleted the build­ing of a new school in Al Zahiya, and started build­ing one in Dhah­boon and a school ex­ten­sion in Hamra Al Duru.

HE Dr Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shibani said: “It is a great op­por­tu­nity to sign the MoUs be­tween PDO and the gov­ern­men­tal and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, while we are cel­e­brat­ing Oman Re­nais­sance Day, to con­tinue the

de­vel­op­ment jour­ney across all fields in the Sul­tanate. This proves that eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment re­lies on the col­lab­o­ra­tive re­sources and ex­pe­ri­ences of both gov­ern­men­tal and pri­vate sec­tors.

“The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has co­op­er­ated with PDO on many fruit­ful ini­tia­tives and to­day we con­tinue this through sign­ing this MoU to build the 12 school wings. I am pleased to thank PDO for its con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to sup­port other sec­tors’ projects, em­pha­sis­ing its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards Oman and its peo­ple.”

The sign­ing of the MoUs also un­der­lines PDO’s com­mit­ment to sup­port NGOs, ac­knowl­edg­ing their im­por­tant role in sus­tain­ing com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

One agree­ment was signed with the Oman As­so­ci­a­tion for the Dis­abled aim­ing to sup­ply spe­cial­ist equip­ment for the dis­abled, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cally op­er­ated wheel­chairs. An­other was signed to ren­o­vate a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for dis­abled chil­dren in the Wilayat of Adam and an­other aimed at fur­ther build­ing PDO’s re­la­tion­ship with Spe­cial Olympics Oman to sup­port its ac­tiv­i­ties for two years.

In ad­di­tion, PDO will sup­port the con­struc­tion of two pub­lic ma­jlises in Aga­reet and Ra­hab in the Wilayat of Shaleem, which will pro­vide venues for any of­fi­cial or so­cial gath­er­ing. To date, the com­pany has al­ready built more than 20 ma­jlises across its con­ces­sion area as im­por­tant com­mu­nal hubs for lo­cal res­i­dents. The com­pany will also con­tinue its on­go­ing sup­port for the com­mu­nity in Haima by fund­ing the ren­o­va­tion of the camel race track there.

PDO is also back­ing the ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion of Falaj Al Washhi at Al Kharma in Izki and spon­sor the main­te­nance of Falaj Al Qaswat.

The com­pany is step­ping up its ef­forts to en­hance road safety, both within its bound­aries and beyond and ex­tend­ing its in­stal­la­tion of so­lar self-lit re­flec­tors which im­prove vis­i­bil­ity at night and in­clement weather. PDO has al­ready launched a pro­gramme to fix the “cat’s eye” de­vices on more than 1,000 kilo­me­tres of road in the North and South of its op­er­a­tions and will now ex­pand the in­stal­la­tion to cover the 320 kilo­me­tre Adam-Thum­rait road.

The MoUs con­firm­ing the new com­mit­ments were signed by PDO Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Raoul Res­tucci and se­nior Govern­ment and NGO rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing HE Said bin Ham­doon Al Harthy, Un­der­sec­re­tary for Ports and Mar­itime Af­fairs, HE Sheikh Mo­hammed Ta­her Barham, Wali of Shaleem, HE Sheikh Hamed Rashid Al Maqbali, Wali of Adam, Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Durei, Deputy Wali of Haima, Said bin Ali Al Malki, Deputy Chair­man of the Oman As­so­ci­a­tion for Dis­abled, Eng. Said bin Nasser Al Habsi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Wa­ter Re­sources Eval­u­a­tion in the Min­istry of Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Wa­ter Re­sources, and Saif Mo­hammed Al Rubaey, ViceChair­man of Spe­cial Olympics Oman.

Res­tucci said: “Our So­cial In­vest­ment pro­gramme aims to con­trib­ute to the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of Omani com­mu­ni­ties and to ad­dress their spe­cific needs through a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent projects ex­e­cuted in co-op­er­a­tion with gov­ern­men­tal and non-gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies.

“Thou­sands of peo­ple will reap real ben­e­fits from these lat­est MoUs in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, safety and in­fra­struc­ture and di­rectly share in the re­wards from our oil and gas ac­tiv­i­ties. We only suc­ceed if the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate suc­ceed.”

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