Muscat, The Commerce and Industry Ministry’s working team tasked with following up economic aspects of the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) today held a meeting during which it discussed precautionary measures approved by the Supreme Committee entrusted with studying scopes for tackling Covid-19 developments.

The meeting was chaired by Eng. Ahmed bin Hassan al-Dheeb, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The team looked into economic implications of the pandemic, the need to take steps to provide basic commodities and follow up the execution of procedures governing the entry of foodstuff via different border checkpoints in cooperation with private sector establishments.

Al-Dheeb reaffirmed the availability of abundant quantities of foodstuff in shopping outlets in all governorates of the Sultanate. He pointed out that Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre will be readied and allocated as an alternative storage area in case some companies wished to keep their stocks of staple foods beyond the capacity of their respective stores.

He explained that cargo handling via sea and air ports is going on and that the Sultanate’s import outlets are capable of receiving all types of foodstuff and consumer goods.

He spoke about ongoing coordination with Oman Aviation Group and Oman International Logistics Group (Asyad) to render all cargo-related services via sea or air ports in all governorates of the Sultanate, in addition to land border checkpoints, including supply lines to Musandam Governorate.

The Public Authority for Consumer Protection is playing an active role in monitoring prices in the local market and penalizing all offenders ambushed in price hike raids, said al-Dheeb.

Meanwhile, Mubarak bin Mohammed al-Dohani, Director-General of Commerce at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said that the Ministry prolonged the convening of AGMs of closed joint stock companies whose fiscal year ends 31.12.2019 till 30.06.2020, while at the same time suspending the reception of applications for licenses to organize exhibitions, conferences or seminars till June 2020.

Al-Dohani added that the situation is under assessment, pending instructions of the Supreme Covid-19 Committee.

Source: Oman News Agency