OPAZ signs cooperation programme with IIA

Muscat: The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) signed a cooperation programme with the Industrial Innovation Academy (IIA) aimed at boosting local added value, empower special economic, free and industrial zones affiliated with OPAZ and improve the efficiency of national cadres.

The programme was signed by Eng. Ahmed Hassan Al Dheeb, Deputy Chairman of OPAZ, and Dr. Ayman Abdullah Al Fudaili, Acting CEO of the Industrial Innovation Academy.

The programme stipulates that both, OPAZ and the Academy, will implement ‘Rabt Programme’, which aims to link local products with government tenders and procurement process in the zones.

This Programme serves creating a database of products and services of the companies operating in the zones and will be linked to the government tenders and procurement, so such products are given a preference. Accordingly, the companies that are awarded the tenders are obliged to purchase and supply their projects with local products and industries.

Moreover, the two parties will provide an integrated programme focusing on localisation, training and qualification services for the zones affiliated with OPAZ, by developing and reviewing employment plans for companies requesting additional workforce and submitting proposals in this regard to OPAZ labour licensing employees. In addition, the training and localisation plans will be evaluated to ensure their effectiveness.

It is worth noting that the cooperation programme will contribute to serving the industrial sector in the Sultanate of Oman by encouraging investments, facilitating procurement at the sector, and boosting its local added value. Further, services of various sectors will be linked together in order to accelerate the pace of achieving economic diversification. -ONA

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