Muscat, Rusayl Industrial Estate, which falls under the umbrella of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), organized today in cooperation with Ministry of Commerce and Industry, a workshop on the ‘Health Insurance for Industrial Workers’ initiative known as ‘Aman’.

The workshop was organized in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) under the auspices of Eng. Sami bin Salim al-Sahib, Director General of Industry in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Al Sahib pointed out that this initiative comes in light of the outcomes of the meeting of the Minister of Commerce and Industry with the industrialists on the Sultanate’s Industry Day and the decision of the Council of Ministers to implement compulsory health insurance for the workers in the private sector.

Al Sahib explained that the initiative aims at bringing the largest number of beneficiaries of this service under one insurance system so that it becomes an attractive factor for the insurance companies to provide the best service at the lowest cost. He added that through this initiative the Ministry aspires to maintain the rights of workers and encourage them to increase their productivity.

He also noted that the high cost of health insurance for the industrialists increases the operational cost of factories, its production, the cost of products, in addition to the lack of competitiveness in the local and global markets. Therefore, this initiative will play a role in solving this matter. Al Sahib commented that the initiative was launched to meet the increasing number of workers in the industrial sector, which does not match with the health services provided to them.

On his part, Ahmed Shawqi, Marketing Director at National Tea Company, delivered a detailed presentation on the initiative. He explained that the initiative aims at covering all the workers in the industrial sector under an insurance cover the suits the reputation and status of the Sultanate. Omanis and expats shall benefit from the initiative. Besides, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry supports this initiative and ensures that everyone benefits from the desired service without any complications, Shawqi added.

Source: Oman News Agency