New ini­tia­tive to boost part­ner­ships

The launch of OAPFD’s on­line sys­tem will bring to­gether govern­ment en­ti­ties, for­eign com­pa­nies and in­vestors in Oman un­der one um­brella

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MUS­CAT: In line with the ori­en­ta­tion and strat­egy of the Sul­tanate to im­ple­ment e-gov­er­nance and de­velop the dig­i­tal so­ci­ety, the Omani Au­thor­ity for Part­ner­ship for Devel­op­ment (OAPFD) launched the PFD sys­tem on Wed­nes­day.

The sys­tem will fa­cil­i­tate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the PFD pro­gramme and its projects. More than 30 govern­ment en­ti­ties and com­pa­nies (con­trac­tors) who are obliged to im­ple­ment the PFD pro­gramme at­tended the launch cer­e­mony.

“The PFD sys­tem is an in­te­grated elec­tronic sys­tem that brings to­gether govern­ment en­ti­ties, for­eign com­pa­nies and in­vestors in Oman un­der one um­brella to cre­ate eco­nomic part­ner­ships to­gether, which will def­i­nitely have an im­proved im­pact on the na­tional econ­omy,” Dr Dhafir Al Shan­fari, CEO, OAPFD, said.

“More­over, the ad­van­tage of this in­dus­try map­ping sys­tem is that it will con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of Omani com­pa­nies in in­dus­trial and free zones, as well as small and medium en­ter­prises and oth­ers, which will high­light the scope and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of these com­pa­nies and in­tro­duce the lo­cal com­pa­nies to cre­ate part­ner­ships with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies in the same in­dus­try,” he added.

“The project will an­a­lyse the do­mes­tic de­mands and im­ports, as­sess the lo­cal com­pa­nies’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties and work to­wards clos­ing the gaps in lo­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties through part­ner­ships with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. This will, thus, sys­tem­at­i­cally en­hance the lo­cal com­pa­nies’ ex­e­cu­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties within the in­dus­try and de­velop the lo­cal in­dus­try,” Al Shan­fari said.

“We are glad to launch the first phase of the PFD sys­tem, which will fa­cil­i­tate the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the PFD pro­gramme and will en­able us to track the per­for­mance and come up with more ac­cu­rate re­ports. The next phase will be a stage for mea­sur­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness and suc­cess of the sys­tem,” said Rahma AlRiyamy, OAPFD Con­sul­tant and PFD Sys­tem Man­ager.

The PFD sys­tem in­cludes an in­dus­trial map­ping mod­ule, which is a plat­form to en­cour­age the con­trac­tors and OEMs who are oblig­ors to as­sess and con­sider the lo­cal in­dus­try as part of their in­ter­nal sup­ply chain to work to­gether in or­der to de­velop the lo­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties.

Lo­cal com­pa­nies can reg­is­ter in the sys­tem un­der spe­cific in­dus­tries and ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion and en­ter as po­ten­tial part­ners with the oblig­ors (in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies) that are com­mit­ted to the Part­ner­ship for Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme dur­ing the PFD project im­ple­men­ta­tion in Oman. This is con­sid­ered as di­rect PFD or ICV and aims to de­velop Omani hu­man cap­i­tal and in­crease the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the lo­cal econ­omy.

The PFD on­line sys­tem will as­sist in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the PFD pro­gramme more eas­ily and ef­fec­tively. The sys­tem will fur­ther en­sure the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gramme by pro­vid­ing con­tin­u­ous pe­ri­odic re­ports of the over­all sta­tus of the PFD pro­gramme im­ple­men­ta­tion by stake­hold­ers.

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SUR­VEY: The project will work to­wards clos­ing the gaps in lo­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties through part­ner­ships with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies.

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