University of Arizona Hosts Annual Symposium on Sultanate

Washington, The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

in Washington DC, in coordination with the University of Arizona,

organised its annual symposium on the Sultanate, entitled “Promoting

Economic Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation and

Models for Oman and the United States”. The event was held in the

city of Phoenix, in the State of Arizona.

The participants from the Sultanate, led by Dr. Ali bin Mas’oud al

Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Board of

Directors of the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises

(Riyada), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Raffd Fund, paid a

field visit, as part of the first day program, to several entrepreneurship-

specialized institutions in Phoenix.

Thunderbird School of Global Management hosted the Minister of

Commerce and Industry and the Sultanate’s Ambassador to the United

States in a seminar on the Sultanate during which many aspects

related to the Omani economy were addressed. The seminar was

attended by a large number of specialists, academics and students.

At the evening, the Center hosted a dinner where the Minister

of Commerce and Industry talked about the Omani economy, the role

of entrepreneurship in its development and the promotion of public-

private partnerships. The dinner was attended by Arizona government

officials, businessmen and private sector officials in Phoenix and

neighboring cities.

The second day program included holding a seminar at the

University of Arizona. The seminar consisted of four sessions focusing

on “Public-Private Partnerships towards a Circular Economy,” “The

Advancing Industry,” “Developing a Dynamic Ecosystem for

Entrepreneurship” and “Development of Digital Market New Industries”.

Eleven speakers from the US and five speakers from the

Sultanate, two of them representing government entities involved in

entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises supporting

them took part in the session, namely, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohsen al-

Ghassani, CEO of the Public Authority for the Development of Small

and Medium Enterprises, and Malak bint Ahmed al-Shibanyah, Director

General of the National Business Center at Knowledge Oasis Muscat,

in addition to three Omani entrepreneurs, namely Dr. Amal bint Rashed

al-Abraweyah, CEO of National Luban Products Company (Oliban),

Zuwaina bint Sultan al-Rashidiya, Founder and CEO of Dar Al Herfya

and Faris bin Khamis al-Balushi, Founder and CEO of Innovation

Factory for Research and Development.

Source: Oman News Agency