MUSCAT: The 20th Anniversary celebrations at the State Council, patronised by Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, Chairman of the State Council brought together the former Council members, current members, and the Secretary General and Council staff on Wednesday. The celebrations commenced with a film on the opening of the first term of the Council of Oman on December 27. It included His Majesty Sultan Qaboos speech delivered at the opening of the Council of Oman, followed by the speeches of Shaikh Hamoud bin Abdullah Al Harthi, former State Council Chairman and Shaikh Abdullah bin Ali al Qatabi, former Majlis Ash’shura Chairman.
State Council Secretary General, Dr Khalid Al Saidi, in his speech said they had been entrusted with the supreme mandate of serving the nation through the Council’s platform and made significant contributions to the consolidation of the Shura and the Council’s role, enabling them to play an effective role in national action and giving momentum to development and renaissance in the Sultanate.
The ceremony validates the high patronage of His Majesty to develop the Shura march in the Sultanate right from its conception and practice amidst the cultural heritage, inspired by the teachings of the Islamic religion, which calls for activating the Shura approach in various matters of life, especially in public affairs.
The uniqueness of the Omani Shura lies in combining the national culture with the tools of the modern era in the supreme interest of the Shura process.
The success is evident since the initiation of the blessed renaissance. It had commenced with the pledge, to work hard to establish a just democratic rule in the country and practical steps formed a solid foundation and paved the way for systematic and gradual development of the Shura process in the Sultanate.
The Shura experience is now mature and is characterised by disciplined parliamentary practices, with preserved societal values, positively dealing with the national concerns and issues with the aim of contributing to the realisation of the requirements of each stage of national action, empowering the Omanis integrating efforts and coordination with various state institutions.
The process of evolution of the Shura in the Sultanate in its institutional form has evolved through several stages. The Council was at first an institutional body to involve citizens in decision-making, through the establishment of the Consultative Council of the State and then the Shura Council.
Finally, on behalf of the Chairman of the Council, he thanked all for participating in the celebration.
Altaf bint Omar Al Marhoon, Assistant Secretary General for Information and Research Center, displayed the Councils’ two-decade long achievements through a visual presentation.