‘Good for Oman­i­sa­tion drive’

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“The sys­tem de­pends on the Oman­i­sa­tion in­dex of the pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments. If they achieve the max­i­mum Oman­i­sa­tion rate, the li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion will go di­rectly to the ac­cred­i­ta­tion stage.”

“The sys­tem en­ables the es­tab­lish­ment to view its Oman­i­sa­tion in­dex elec­tron­i­cally and thereby iden­tify the obli­ga­tion to be ful­filled re­gard­ing Oman­i­sa­tion and the num­ber of Oma­nis to be hired,” he added.

The move comes as the Min­istry of Man­power pre­pares to launch the new ver­sion of the com­mer­cial per­mit­ting ser­vice dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber as part of the pro­ject to re­struc­ture the pro­ce­dures of de­vel­op­ing the Sul­tanate’s work per­mit sys­tem.

Khawla Al Ju­naibi, pro­ject man­ager of the Min­istry’s ad­vanced man­power man­age­ment sys­tems, said: “Through the devel­op­ment of work per­mits, the Min­istry seeks to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices to ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The new sys­tem fo­cuses on en­hanc­ing Oman­i­sa­tion rates in pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments by ac­ti­vat­ing the min­i­mum and max­i­mum stan­dards for Oman­i­sa­tion.”

“The new im­prove­ments also in­clude link­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sti­tu­tions with re­lated pro­fes­sions to mak­ing it eas­ier for in­sti­tu­tions to choose the ap­pro­pri­ate pro­fes­sions,” Al Ju­naibi added.

“Some other au­thor­i­ties are in­volved in the process of ver­i­fy­ing that busi­nesses meet the reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments of those en­ti­ties au­to­mat­i­cally and with­out the need to raise doc­u­ments from those en­ti­ties.”

The elec­tronic link will also be ac­ti­vated with some gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of Tax­a­tion, to ver­ify the regis­tra­tion of the es­tab­lish­ment of the tax cer­tifi­cate, as well as im­prov­ing the mech­a­nism of elec­tronic con­nec­tiv­ity with the Pub­lic Author­ity for So­cial In­sur­ance (PASI) and the Pub­lic Es­tab­lish­ment For In­dus­trial Es­tates (Madaen); Royal Oman Po­lice and the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone Author­ity at Duqm (SEZAD) will con­trib­ute to fol­low up the in­dex of achiev­ing Oman­i­sa­tion rates for the re­gion.

Al Ju­naibi added: “The up­dated ver­sion al­lows the regis­tra­tion of non-profit in­sti­tu­tions in the sys­tem to eas­ily ob­tain a uni­fied num­ber. This fa­cil­i­tates the process of elec­tronic in­te­gra­tion with the uni­fied data of non-profit in­sti­tu­tions among the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties such as the Min­istry of Man­power, the Royal Oman Po­lice, and var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.”

On Novem­ber 1, 2018, the Min­istry an­nounced the need to reg­is­ter in­sti­tu­tions such as em­bassies, mosques, sports clubs, NGOs, con­sult­ing of­fices, law of­fices, and gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions at the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try be­fore sub­mit­ting any ser­vice re­quest to the Min­istry of Man­power.

Prak­erthi Panikar, Head of Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment at the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, said this would be a good way for com­pa­nies that wished to fur­ther their Oman­i­sa­tion lev­els to hire stu­dents to meet their quo­tas.

“I think this is a good move be­cause com­pa­nies now know that they need to meet their Oman­i­sa­tion lev­els and there are many stu­dents who will be ca­pa­ble of now work­ing in these com­pa­nies,” she said. “The com­pa­nies that need to hire Oma­nis will now clearly know that they need to, and they will now know where to get them from as well. We will need to see how this sys­tem ac­tu­ally works, but on the sur­face, it is a good plan.”

“One of the main con­cerns and lead­ing sen­ti­ments among the stu­dents here is the avail­abil­ity of jobs, so this will ease that,” added Panikar.

“Some 52 per cent of our stu­dents, for ex­am­ple, are girls and they will soon be look­ing for work. There is a sen­ti­ment among com­pa­nies that fe­male en­gi­neers will not stay as long as the males be­cause they will leave soon to start their own fam­i­lies, but they are just as skilled as Omani males and need to be in­cor­po­rated into the sys­tem, so this ser­vice will ad­dress that as well.”

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