NATION 2 OMAN TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 Education initiatives progressing in right direction, says Asa’ad National Education Symposium opens to discuss higher studies STAFF REPORTER MUSCAT EDUCATION IN OMAN WAS of a good standard and competitive at the world-level due to the good work and vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, said HH Sayyid Asa’ad Bin Tariq Al Said, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan here on Tuesday. Sayyid Asa’ad, who was speaking on the sidelines of the two-day National Education Symposium, said education, including higher education, in the country was progressing in the right direction and all sectors of the country, including families should take part in this process. Minister of Higher Education Her Excellency Dr Rawiyah Bint Saud Al Busaidiyah told Oman Tribune that the symposium was a turning point for education and higher education in the country. It will see the participation of all stakeholders and all projects of the Education Council will be discussed. Rawiyah said the government had invested a lot in education which is dynamic and it has to keep improving so that it is benchmarked with other education systems. She would like to see the introduction of more performance-based evaluation to keep pace with the changing world. Education is a social responsibility and all stake holders including the government should participate in it, she added. Sultan Qaboos University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor for External Cooperation Her Highness Dr Muna Bint Fahd Al Said told Oman Tribune that the pre-university level students should acquire more skills in critical thinking and problem solving. They should also learn more by themselves, have more control over the type of education they get, and move away from spoon feeding, she added. The students that come to university are often ‘not up to the mark’ and therefore have to go through a foundation year, but are found wanting even after that, she added. Secretary General of the Education Council HE Dr Said Bin Hamad Al Rubaie said the projects to be presented for discussion before the symposium include: philosophy of education, the next stages of education right up to 2040; laws related to education, including regulations for school education and higher education; general evaluation of school system and quality management of education. He said the symposium is an opportunity to let people know about the projects and offer opinions, ideas and recommendations to enrich them. The A’Seeb ship is seen at a Singapore port. RNO ship launched in Singapore SINGAPORE THE ROYAL NAVY OF Oman (RNO) on Tuesday celebrated the naming and launching of A’Seeb vessel in Singapore. A’Seeb is the first vessel within Al Ofuq project signed by the Sultanate with Singaporean STM Company. HE Sayyid Badr Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for De- Oman Investment Forum to Projects market set to be held in Tokyo from Oct. 23 receive massive boost MUSCAT THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY for Investment Promotion and Exports Development (ITHRAA) will organise the Oman Investment Forum in the Japanese capital Tokyo on October 23 and 24. HE Dr Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, will lead the delegation that includes 42 senior public and private sector representatives. The forum will seek to attract further investment to fuel Oman’s growing economy. The forum aims to boost the Omani-Japanese bilateral trade, which recorded imports from Japan reaching $3.13 billion and exports from Oman totalling $5.63 billion in 2013. The forum is expected to help increase Oman’s non-oil exports to Japan, as well as attract Japanese investors to the Sultanate’s major infrastructure projects. “Japan is one of the largest importers of oil and gas, aluminium and fishery products from Oman,” said Faris Al Farsi, ITHRAA’s Director General of Investment Promotion. “The country is a pioneering manufacturer of industrial and electronic technology as well as a leader in logistics and commercial fishing, all of which are of interest to Oman.” During the two-day event, Omani officials and companies will introduce planned and active industrial projects from across the Sultanate to their Japanese counterparts. High on the agenda are the opportunities available in Duqm, Salalah, Sohar and the Oman Railway Project. The second day of the forum will be dedicated to meetings between Omani and Japanese companies, in addition to site visits to manufacturing plants, industrial areas and commercial zones in the greater Tokyo area. The Omani delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, as well as Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), the State General Reserve Fund. Oman News Agency STAFF REPORTER MUSCAT OMAN’S PROJECTS MARket is set to receive a massive boost and see around $26 billion being pumped in as the country ramps up its investment in turnkey projects over the next few years, according to MEED projects which is organising its Oman Projects Forum 2014 this month. The influx of up to $26 billion in capital expenditure and pipeline opportunities, include the latest Duqm developments valued at $12.5 billion and fisheries harbours valued at $13.6 billion respectively. Additionally, as much as $45-billion worth of projects were currently under way or would be awarded, said MEED project officials. Among the projects at the forefront of Oman’s aggressive expansion programme are $26-billion Khazzan and Makarem fields projects, Suwaiq IWPP and Haima solar thermal hybrid power plan. Besides, $13 billion is to be invested in the Takamul downstream project and Orpic’s Liwa plastic project initiative with another $12 billion dedicated solely to the development of Duqm as the new energy, industrial, residential and tourism and leisure hub in the country. As such, these and other project opportunities will be the focus of the upcoming MEED Oman Projects Forum 2014, which is held with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and puts an emphasis on InCountry Value initiatives. The three-day forum will begin on October 27. Minister of Commerce and Industry HE Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy will deliver the keynote address highlighting the milestones of the country’s economic progress and identifying the priority sectors for investment in the next few years. His address is expected to outline key initiatives to promote In-Country Value across Oman’s sectors as well as spending forecast for 2015 and associated priority areas. fence Affairs, presided over the ceremony which was attended by Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Khamis Bin Abdullah Al Raisi, Commander of RNO. The ceremony started with the Omani Royal and Singaporean Anthems, followed by the minister naming A’Seeb vessel as ordered by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Supreme Commander of INSIDE the Armed Forces. Al Raisi talked about the importance of the project to build four patrol ships which will enhance the operational capabilities of RNO to carry out the national tasks entrusted to it in protecting the Omani territorial waters and to contribute to the maintenance of safety of navigation. Oman News Agency NATION GCC transport ministers to meet today in Kuwait MUSCAT The Sultanate represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications will take part in the Ministerial Committee of Transport and Communications at GCC countries meeting to be held on Wednesday in Kuwait. The Sultanate will be led by HE Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, accompanied by HE Eng Salim Bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary at the ministry, Eng AbdulRahman Bin Salim Al Hatmi, CEO of Oman Railway Company and a team from the ministry. GCC to honour cultural figures MUSCAT The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, will take part in a ceremony in Kuwait on Thursday to honour the distinguished cultural figures in the GCC countries. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saud Al Siyabi will be honoured in the field of intellectual production, Dr A’mna Bint Rabeea Salmeen Bait Mabrook in the field of theatre and Khamis Bin Juma Al Maweeti in the field of folk arts.
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