Muscat, Organized by the Public Authority for
Mining (PAM), with the support and follow-up of the Implementation
Support and Follow-up Unit, mining labs came out with 43 initiatives
and projects, the value of which is estimated at around RO 813 million,
99% of it is the contribution of the private sector, and no more than 1%
is the contribution of the Government. The role of the Government
revolves around establishing infrastructure, providing facilitations, and
building the systems required to enable the sector.
By 2023, it is expected that these initiatives and projects will help
in raising the contribution of the sector to the GDP to three times of the
current contribution, reaching RO 378 million. It will also provide
around 1660 direct job opportunities for Omanis and raise the mining
production of the Sultanate from 100 million tons in 2016 to 147 million
tons by 2023. This is in addition to recommendations that will raise the
level of competitiveness in the sector by introducing mining areas
system. Upon approval, these recommendations are planned to be
presented for competition between qualified investors.
During the third week of the labs, which were conducted from 18
March until 26 April 2018, a committee responsible of accelerating
mining projects was formed. The committee aims at discussing the
projects suggested by the labs, in addition to the applications that were
previously submitted, in order to address them and accelerate the
procedures in accordance with the work plan and investment value of
the project. It examines projects related to metallic and non-metallic
minerals, and quarry and crusher projects.
Since its formation, the committee worked at an accelerated pace
and reviewed the submitted projects. But, since these projects require
approvals from several entities, the Implementation Support and
Follow-up Unit worked on involving a number of relevant entities
namely the Public Authority for Mining, Royal Oman Police, Ministry of
Defense, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Ministry of
Housing, Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Ministry of Interior, Ministry
of Tourism, and Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water
The committee conducted 11 meetings, one every two weeks.
During these meetings, 68 projects were discussed and 15 of them
were approved. Moreover, 44 projects are still under process and one
was rejected because it did not comply with the requirements of the
permits or the committee’s standards. This is in addition to 110
applications related to mining areas, two of which were approved and
the others are under process.
Moreover, the committee conducts, in coordination with all
relevant entities, site visits to the sites of the investment applications. It
conducted two site visits, the first to Ibri Marbles site in the Wilayat of
Ibri, and the second to Daris in the Wilayat of A’Rustaq to see two
mining projects in the area. During these visits, they discussed the
challenges facing the projects and contacted relevant entities to find
some suitable solutions.
The Implementation Support and Follow-up Unit is responsible of
providing support and assistance to government entities to implement
their plans and programs. It follows up the implementation of these
plans as per a clear governance structure and precise performance
indicators, in order to assess the performance by collecting and
analyzing data, following up and evaluating key performance
indicators, in coordination with relevant entities, and finding solutions to
challenges facing the implementation.
This is done by following up the implementation of a number of
government programs, including the National Program for Enhancing
Economic Diversification and Sharakah which is an initiative of the
Diwan of Royal Court, along other strategic projects.
Source: Oman News Agency