Steering committee for mining sector holds first meeting

MUSCAT: The steering committee for the mining sector held its first meeting on Monday at the Public Authority for Mining to follow up and implement the outcomes of the laboratories and eliminate the difficulties and challenges that may face implementation. It also highlights the role of this committee until achieving the aims of Tanfeedh labs projects and initiatives. The committee, which was formed upon the agreement of the members of the supervisory committee for the mining sector at the final session of the laboratories, includes representatives from a number of relevant public and private organisations.

The committee, chaired by Ahmed bin Hassan al Dheeb, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Public Authority for Mining, comes after the labs which were held during the period from March 18 to April 26 on the mining sector. The Public Authority for Mining in cooperation with the Implementation Support and Follow up Unit (ISFU) sought to identify the potentials and enablers of the sector, as well as the investment opportunities it had.

They also sought to highlight the challenges facing the sectors and devising the suitable solutions for them to come out with projects and initiatives that will increase the Sultanate’s production of minerals, increase the contribution of the sector to GDP, generate job opportunities for Omanis at the investment projects of which the private sector will contribute by not less than 80 per cent. The outcomes of the laboratories have exceeded the plans in terms of the contribution of the sector to the GDP and the number of job opportunities that will be created by these projects. The meeting was attended by Dr Khamis bin Saif al Jabri, Chairman of the ISFU, CEO of the Public Authority for Mining, a number of under-secretaries and representatives of the governmental and private sector organisations in the committee. — ONA