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TBY set to launch 8th annual publication on Omani economy
SPOTLIGHT: CEO Ayşe Valentin discusses this year’s Vision 2040 focus

MUSCAT: ‘The Business Year: Oman 2021’ is slated for launch in the fourth quarter of this year, the publishers said in a press statement.

For the eighth annual edition, TBY conducted over 150 interviews with the main policymakers and leading corporate executives to discover key economic trends, the pace and impact of reforms under Vision 2040, and the investment opportunities for the global business community.

“The shape of this year’s research, however, has been formed by global events, mainly the Covid-19 health emergency. With our team on the ground, led by Country Manager Andrea Tsiachtsiri, unable to meet participants face to face, we took the conversation online, organising a series of digital roundtables and, when permitting, small, Covid-19-secure physical events, all with the aim of highlighting the investment opportunities in the country and the breadth space for further business collaborations,” TBY noted.

Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Oman has been undergoing a series of socioeconomic transformations aimed at modernising its business environment and strengthening its regional role. Digital transformation, diversification, and a more streamlined investment environment are all key themes covered in The Business Year: Oman 2021.

The great value of the upcoming publication was recognised by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, which became the local partner of TBY for the creation of this year’s edition.

Keeping up with the changes happening in the country and its long-term ambitions, TBY also forged a partnership with the Vision 2040 Implementation and Follow-Up Unit.

Being the first international media outlet to explain the goals of the unit to the global business community, TBY took upon itself the responsibility to create a special chapter dedicated to Oman’s Vision 2040. Through its research, TBY will shed light on the pillars of Vision 2040 and share exclusive insights from leading political and business figures aligning themselves with this long-term vision.

Among interviews featured this year are: Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotion; Dr Ahmed Mohammed al Saidi, Minister of Health; Prof Rahma bint Ibrahim al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; Eng Said bin Hamoud al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology; Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic and Free Zones (OPAZ); Tahir Salim al Amri, President of the Central Bank of Oman; and others.

Other prominent interviewees featured throughout the publication include: Eng Abdulrahman al Hatmi, Group CEO of ASYAD; Eng Omar al Wahaibi, Group CEO of Nama Holding; Bader Saud al Zeidi, CEO of Oman Broadband; Talal al Auwfi, Group CEO of OQ; Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish, Chairperson of Mohsin Haider Darwish; and more.

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