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
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