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

Resources.

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