Council refers draft budget to ministers

MUSCAT: The State Council on Monday referred the draft state budget of 2017 to the Council of Ministers with recommendations of the State Council and Majlis Ash’ Shura. Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, State Council Chairman, praised praised the efforts of the government to reduce the impact of falling oil prices. He commended the Supreme Council for its valuable planning efforts to promote economic diversification in the Sultanate. Dr Al Mantheri wished success to Tanfeedh workshops.  “The strategies after implementation will enable the citizens to face the future with confidence and strength. We at the State Council  are confident that the government, private and civil sectors will seek the best opportunities of investment that create jobs. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’s  keenness in rehabilitation and training of national human resources gives direction to economic diversification.