Ma­jor fo­rum to fo­cus on build­ing na­tional tal­ent

Times of Oman - - MARKE -

Times News Ser­vice

MUS­CAT: Riyada, Takatuf, SME De­vel­op­ment Fund and Na­tional Train­ing In­sti­tute (NTI) have signed up as part­ners for the Oman Fo­rum 2018, a one-of-it­skind 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”, at 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 cat­a­lysts 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 the SME De­vel­op­ment Fund is the Associate Part­ner, and NTI is 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).

“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,” said Al­pana Roy, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, United Me­dia Ser­vices, the pub­lisher of AIWA.

“More­over, sus­tain­able hu­man re­sources de­vel­op­ment is one of the key pri­or­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment. The pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors have a crit­i­cal role in cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals,” she added.

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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