De­mand for new and al­ter­na­tive skills to in­crease: Fu­taisi

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

Link­ing both in­no­va­tion and hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment to­gether, Dr Ahmed Al Fu­taisi, Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said at the global event, “With the evo­lu­tion of dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies that trans­formed busi­ness mod­els and re­de­fined in­dus­tries, it is ex­pected that the world will wit­ness con­sid­er­able growth in new and al­ter­na­tive skills due to the in­creased de­mand for this cat­e­gory of ta­lent”.

The com­pact was pre­sented by Emil Kaikiyev, Min­is­ter in charge of En­ergy and In­fra­struc­ture of the Eurasian Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion, dur­ing the con­gress’s clos­ing ses­sion at the Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Kaikiyev said, “IRU has long ad­vo­cated an end to silo ap­proaches, with har­mon­i­sa­tion and shared global best prac­tices. This is more im­por­tant now than ever, as we face ac­cel­er­ated change and also sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Mus­cat Com­pact is the be­gin­ning of a new proac­tive era for trans­port, where we act to­gether to de­sign our fu­ture and we start build­ing it”.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of IRU, Um­berto de Pretto, stated, “This is a defin­ing mo­ment for the in­dus­try. We can’t pre­dict the fu­ture, but we can forge our own destiny within it. The sur­vival of the in­dus­try – of global pros­per­ity – de­pends on it”.

The com­pact was one of many out­comes of the three-day global event, which saw global de­ci­sion­mak­ers come to­gether to dis­cuss im­prov­ing trade, pos­i­tive reg­u­la­tions, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and Oman’s de­vel­op­ment.

Un­der­lin­ing the ur­ban growth, Mwasalat CEO, Ahmed Al Bu­lushi, also said, “By 2050, 80% of the world pop­u­la­tion will live in ur­ban cities. To­day, 72% of Oman’s pop­u­la­tion lives in ur­ban ar­eas. This means un­prece­dented ur­ban traf­fic and we are work­ing on the so­lu­tions to ad­dress the fu­ture of ur­ban trans­port”.

Al Bu­lushi said, “The sign­ing of the agree­ment will en­hance the qual­ity and speed of trans­port of goods across coun­tries. It will also en­hance busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties that will es­tab­lish the Sul­tanate as a global lo­gis­tics hub.”

He added that many in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies have al­ready been im­ple­mented, in­clud­ing elec­tronic reser­va­tions at Mawasalat, pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion col­lec­tion, in­spec­tion sys­tems and self-man­age­ment sys­tems.

“Th­ese sys­tems will help de­velop the trans­port sys­tem, re­duce traf­fic prob­lems, adding, “It will con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing the na­tional econ­omy and the de­vel­op­ment process in the Sul­tanate.”

He pointed out that work­ing ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards will cre­ate a great en­vi­ron­ment for in­vest­ments and en­hance op­por­tu­ni­ties in the trans­port and trade sec­tors in the Sul­tanate.

This move will lead to the de­vel­op­ment of trans­port ser­vices and con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of the na­tional lo­gis­tics strat­egy, which will fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and at­tract for­eign in­vest­ments to the Sul­tanate,” he fur­ther said.

On the topic of in­no­va­tion, An­dré Borschberg, Co-Founder, CEO and Pi­lot of So­lar Im­pulse, stated, “In­no­va­tion is all about push­ing bound­aries. It’s about hav­ing the vi­sion to see what ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy can do and the ex­per­tise to bring that vi­sion to re­al­ity. It’s about hav­ing a li­cense to fail, try again, fail again and even­tu­ally suc­ceed. And it’s about courage”.

The IRU World Con­gress was or­gan­ised by IRU and hosted by ASYAD in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Over 1,000 par­tic­i­pants from more than 75 coun­tries at­tended the three-day event.

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