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Riyada, Takatuf, SME Devel­op­ment Fund and Na­tional Train­ing In­sti­tute (NTI) have signed up as part­ners for Oman Fo­rum 2018, a one-of-its-kind plat­form that will bring to­gether a broad spec­trum of stake­hold­ers, to share their ex­per­tise on “Creat­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for SMEs and Build­ing Na­tional Ta­lent,” in Crowne Plaza Mus­cat on De­cem­ber 17.

Oman Fo­rum is an an­nual Ara­bic de­bate or­gan­ised by the lead­ing Ara­bic busi­ness mag­a­zine Alam al-Ik­ti­saad

Wal A’mal (AIWA), pub­lished by

United Me­dia Ser­vices (UMS). The 2018 edi­tion, will com­prise two panel ses­sions. The first panel ses­sion will de­lib­er­ate on ‘‘Creat­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for SMEs,” and the sec­ond panel on ‘‘Build­ing Na­tional Ta­len­tStrength­en­ing com­pe­ten­cies.’’ The Fo­rum will ex­plore ways to in­crease credit ac­cess and im­prove SME in­no­va­tions as they are the cat­a­lyst for em­pow­er­ment and growth. The ses­sion on ‘Build­ing Na­tional Ta­lent,’ will look at ef­fec­tive train­ing, plan­ning and man­age­ment to de­velop and re­tain Omani ta­lent in the rapidly evolv­ing and fast-grow­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing and other sec­tors. It will also look at de­vel­op­ing the skillsets of the lo­cal hu­man cap­i­tal.

Takatuf is the HR Knowl­edge Part­ner, while SME Devel­op­ment Fund is the As­so­ciate Part­ner and NTI, the sup­port part­ner. Times of Oman and Shabiba are the Me­dia part­ners. The Fo­rum is be­ing held in part­ner­ship with Riyada (Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Small and Medium En­ter­prises Devel­op­ment)

Says Al­pana Roy, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, United Me­dia Ser­vices, the pub­lisher of AIWA, “Oman Fo­rum’s pri­mary ob­jec­tive dur­ing the past six years has been to fa­cil­i­tate a live pub­lic dis­cus­sion on top­ics con­cern­ing Oman’s econ­omy and so­ci­ety. The 2018 edi­tion will look at creat­ing an ecosys­tem for SME devel­op­ment as eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­ment cre­ation are driven by a vi­brant spec­trum of pro­duc­tive en­ter­prises such as SMEs. More­over, sus­tain­able hu­man re­sources devel­op­ment is one of key pri­or­i­ties of the Gov­ern­ment. Pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor have a crit­i­cal role in creat­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals.”

Em­i­nent pan­elists in­clud­ing top cor­po­rate lead­ers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers and mem­bers of Omani civil so­ci­ety will chart the growth, pro­vide con­crete so­lu­tions to queries, con­cerns and is­sues faced by SMEs and pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor ini­tia­tives to spur train­ing and devel­op­ment of lo­cal hu­man cap­i­tal.

Along­side the Fo­rum, a spe­cial work­shop will be con­ducted by Hi­lal Al Ja­didi, Takatuf Con­sult­ing Ser­vices Di­rec­tor on “Man­ag­ing and At­tract­ing Ta­lent in SMEs.” The work­shop to be held in part­ner­ship with Riyada will ad­dress key is­sues such as at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing ta­lent, train­ing and devel­op­ment and fill­ing skill gaps.

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