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Ambassador of Oman to Philippines Presents Credentials

Ambassador of Oman to Philippines Presents Credentials Muscat, 1 Feb (ONA) --- President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. of the Republic of the Philippines received here today Eng. Nasser Said Al Manwari, who presented his credentials as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the Philippines. During the meeting, the ambassador conveyed greetings of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to President Ferdinand. On his turn, President Ferdinand expressed his appreciation for His Majesty and affirmed his country’s keenness to boost joint ...

Oman Human Rights Commission Holds Seminar on Sustainable Development, Human Rights

Oman Human Rights Commission Holds Seminar on Sustainable Development, Human RightsMuscat, 1 Feb (ONA) --- Oman Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today organized a symposium titled “Sustainable development and its relationship with human rights”.The symposium drives home the idea that sustainable development reflects positively on human rights and human dignity.The symposium brought together 70 participants from various institutions and government agencies. It is organized by OHRC in cooperation with the Arab Parliamentarians Forum for Population and Development in Jordan.Dr. Hamoud ...

Oman Affirms Pioneering Approach in Supporting National Health Security

Oman Affirms Pioneering Approach in Supporting National Health SecurityGeneva, 1 Feb (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman has reiterated its resolve to press ahead with its pioneering approach in supporting current and future national health security.This was unveiled during an event held here to celebrate the 75th anniversary of foundation of the World Health Organization (WHO).The event was held on the sidelines of the 152nd session of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva.During Oman’s speech at the event, Health Minister Dr. Hilal Ali Al Sabti stressed the country’s keenness to ...

NEP Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Berker Tilly Academy

NEP Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Berker Tilly AcademyMuscat, 1 Feb (ONA) --- The National Employment Programme (NEP) today signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Baker Tilly Academy to develop the capabilities of Omani nationals in the fields of career planning, strategic planning, systems of future skills, entrepreneurship and self-employment.The Academy offers a range of specialized training courses, instruction manuals and visual content designed to suit the development of Omani capabilities in target areas.The courses are designed in accordance with the most modern ...

HM The Sultan Receives Written Message from President of Kazakhstan

HM The Sultan Receives Written Message from President of Kazakhstan Muscat, 1 Feb (ONA) --- His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik has received a written message from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The message was handed over to HH Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan, when he received in his office today Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. During the ...

Arab Research, Sustainable Development Forum Concludes with Several Recommendations

Arab Research, Sustainable Development Forum Concludes with Several Recommendations Muscat, Jan 31 (ONA) --- The Arab Forum on Research and Sustainable Development at its conclusion today recommended the devising of action plans to enhance the contribution of institutions, research centers and researchers to Arab developmental issues and enabling partnerships between universities, research centers and production and development companies in Arab countries. The 9th edition of the forum was hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of ...

Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Conducts First Surgery of Its Kind in Oman

Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Conducts First Surgery of Its Kind in Oman Muscat, 31 Jan (ONA)—A specialized medical team from the Pediatric Surgery Unit at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) conducted the first surgery of its kind Oman. The surgery involved endoscopic transplantation of ureters from within the bladder of a one-year-old baby girl. The head of the medical team, Dr. Zainab Nasser Al Balushi, Senior Consultant in Pediatric Surgeon, Head of the Pediatric Surgery Unit and Deputy Director General of the SQUH for Medical Affairs, said that the girl ...

Criminal Cases Filed to Public Prosecution Up by 14.5pc in 2022

Criminal Cases Filed to Public Prosecution Up by 14.5pc in 2022 Muscat, 31 Jan (ONA)—The Public Prosecution authority said that the number of criminal cases filed to its departments rose by 14.5 percent to 32,277 in 2022, compared to 2021. This was unveiled during the Public Prosecution’s annual conference held today under the title “In the Name of Society”. Various indicators and statistics from last year were reviewed. Attorney General Nasr Khamis Al Sawa’ee said, “Publishing verdicts and names of persons involved is considered part of complementary penalties, ...

SAF Chief of Staff Receives Military Official

SAF Chief of Staff Receives Military Official Muscat, 31 Jan (ONA) --- Vice Admiral Abdullah Khamis Al Raisi, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) received in his office at Al Murtafa’a Garrison today Commodore Nuno Cortes Lopes, Force Commander of the EU Naval Force – Operation ATALANTA. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views and discussed several military matters of mutual interest. --- Ends/AG ...

RNO Commander Receives Military Official

RNO Commander Receives Military Official Muscat, 31 Jan (ONA) --- Rear Admiral Saif Nasser Al Rahbi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) received at Al Murtafa’a Garrison today Commodore Nuno Cortes Lopes, Force Commander of the EU Naval Force – Operation ATALANTA.During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on naval matters of mutual interest. They also discussed means of enhancing joint cooperation.The meeting was attended by Commodore Jasim Mohammed Al Balushi, RNO’s Director of Operations and Plans. --- ...

Knockouts Stage for BHA Begins in Wilayat of Sur

Knockouts Stage for BHA Begins in Wilayat of SurSur, 30 Jan (ONA) --- The final stage of Bilarab Bin Haitham Award (BHA) for Architectural Design kicked off in the Wilayat of Sur today—in its Second Cycle. The ceremony was graced by HH Sayyid Bilarab bin Haitham Al Said, who viewed some of the projects that qualified to the last round. He listened to the discussions of the jury and comments on improving the projects before final submission.HH Sayyid Bilarab also toured an exhibition comprising entries of top ten qualifiers, whom he praised and advised to consult the comments of the ...

Al Dakhiliyah Municipal Council Holds Meeting

Al Dakhiliyah Municipal Council Holds Meeting Nizwa, 30 Jan (ONA) --- The Municipal Council of the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah today held a meeting under the chairmanship of Sheikh Hilal Said Al Hajri, Governor of Al Dakhliliyah and Chairman of the council. The meeting discussed the purviews of the council in accordance with the Municipal Councils Law and the specializations of the council’s standing committees and their role in developing the governorate. The meeting also covered a range of topics, including recommendations and decisions, among other topics. ...

Arab Research, Sustainable Development Forum’s 9th Session Begins

Arab Research, Sustainable Development Forum’s 9thSession Begins Muscat, 30 Jan (ONA) ---- More than 150 female researchers specialized in different fields participate in the 9thsession of the Arab Forum on Research and Sustainable Development, which began here today. Titled “Arab Female Researchers Act on Realizing Sustainable Development”, the forum is hosted by Oman, represented by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in conjunction with the ArabLeague Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization ...

Symposium on Combating Human Trafficking Held

Symposium on Combating Human Trafficking HeldMuscat, 30 Jan (ONA) --- The annual symposium on combating human trafficking kicked off today under the theme of “Addressing Challenges and Optimizing Opportunities and Roles of Effective National Actors”. The three-day symposium is organized by the Foreign Ministry and the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, in cooperation with the UN Office tasked with narcotics and crimes in GCC states. The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for ...

Oman Participates in International Public Procurements Conference

Oman Participates in International Public Procurements Conference Muscat, 30 Jan (ONA)—The Sultanate of Oman took part via videoconferencing in the international conference on improving the efficiency and transparency of public procurements and focusing on systems of control. The State’s Audit Institution (SAI) represented Oman at the conference, which was organized by the Court of Accounts of the Portuguese Republic, in coordination with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The event saw the participation of a large tournout of ...

National Museum Hosts Seminar Titled “Hope 2023: Housing, People and the Environment”

National Museum Hosts Seminar Titled “Hope 2023: Housing, People and the Environment” Muscat, 30 Jan (ONA) --- The National Museum, represented by the Learning Centre, hosted a seminar titled “Hope 2023: Housing, People and the Environment”. The event was organized by the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. Talks were given during the event to provide an opportunity for prominent national and international speakers and policy makers to discuss practical tools to transform cities to be sustainable, resilient, ...

Decision Endorses System for Measuring Adequacy of Job Performance in Government Units

Decision Endorses System for Measuring Adequacy of Job Performance in Government Units Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) --- The Ministry of Labour issued a decision to endorse a system for measuring the adequacy of job performance, which is based on a unified methodology for evaluating the performance of employees in units of the State’s Administrative Apparatus of the civil state and other public legal persons. Mohammed Mubarak Al Kalbani, Assistant Director General for Legal Studies and Assistant Project Manager for the Ejada System, said that the system for measuring the ...

Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary Meets US Official

Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary Meets US Official Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) --- Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs met at the general diwan of the ministry here today, Brian Nelson, US Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. The meeting discussed areas of cooperation between the two countries and underlined the two sides’ keenness to continue promoting them in various fields. It was attended by Sheikh Humaid Ali Al Ma’ani, Head of the Global Affairs Department at the ...

Public Prosecution to Hold Annual Conference this Tuesday

Public Prosecution to Hold Annual Conference this Tuesday Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) --- The Public Prosecution (PP) Department will hold its annual conference on Tuesday 31 January 2022 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC). This year’s conference is themed “In the name of society”. The event covers a spectrum of topics, namely reviewing indicators and statistics of cases in 2022, top goals that have been achieved and future plans. The Public Prosecution Department accords great importance to its annual conference, stemming from its belief in the principles of ...

Decision Issued on Number of Representatives in Shura Council

Decision Issued on Number of Representatives in Shura Council Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) ---- The Ministry of Interior has issued a decision on the number of representatives of the Sultanate of Oman’s wilayats in the 10th term of the Shura Council. The total number of representatives will stand at 90. The decision pointed out that the following wilayats will have two representatives in the Shura Council: Muttrah, Al Amerat, Bausher, Al Seeb, Qurayyat, Salalah, Al Buraimi, Nizwa, Bahla, Izki, Samail, Bidbid, Sohar, Shinas, Liwa, Saham, Al Khaboura, Al Suwaiq, Al Rustaq, ...

Oman, Sudan Hold Political Consultation Committee’s 8th Round

Oman, Sudan Hold Political Consultation Committee’s 8th Round Muscat, 29 Jan (ONA) --- The 8th round of the political consultation committee between the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Sudan was held at the general diwan of the Foreign Ministry here today. The Omani side was chaired by Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs, whereas the Sudanese side was chaired by Dafa Allah al-Haj Ali, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation between the two ...

Oman Participates in ICARDA Meetings in Doha

Oman to Participate in ICARDA Meetings in DohaMuscat, 26 Jan (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman is taking part in the annual regional meetings of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), which is held in Doha from 22 to 28 January 2023. Oman is represented at the meetings by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources. The meetings are organized by the Ministry of Municipality in the State of Qatar. The meetings focus on two main projects, titled “Developing Palm Production Systems in GCC States” and “Improving ...

OMSB Executive Board Holds First Meeting of 2023

OMSB Executive Board Holds First Meeting of 2023 Muscat, 26 Jan (ONA) --- The executive body of Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) today held its first meeting in 2023 during which it reviewed the progress of plans and projects for this year and the accomplishments made in 2022. Chaired by Dr. Siham Salim Al Sinani, Charge d’Affaires and Deputy CEO of OMSB for Professional Competences, the meeting looked into internal endorsement reports on programmes of surgery, ENT, psychiatric medicine, dentistry, paediatric haematology and oncology, among other ...

JCI Concludes Mock Survey of Sultan Qaboos Centre for Cancer Care

JCI Concludes Mock Survey of Sultan Qaboos Centre for Cancer Care Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- The Joint Commission International (JCI) for accrediting healthcare institutions concluded its Mock survey of Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Center (SQCCCRC), which aims to check the center’s readiness for the accreditation survey.Dr. Khalid Salim Al Baimani, the Head of Quality and Accreditation at the SQCCRC said: "The JCI’s visit lasted for four days.”“It is a very important step prior to the accreditation survey, and this intensive exercise is an ideal ...

GCC Supreme Council’s Consultative Authority Holds First Meeting of its 26th Session

GCC Supreme Council’s Consultative Authority Holds First Meeting of its 26th Session Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA)—The GCC Supreme Council’s Consultative Authority (GCA) today held the first meeting of its 26th session at its headquarters in Muscat. The meeting focused on three main topics: “Promoting and protecting GCC values”, “Consolidating supply chains for food and medicine in GCC states” and “Enhancing tourism integration among GCC states in the backdrop of developments in the tourism sector”. Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi said at the opening of ...

With Support from the Honourable Lady, Handicapped Children Association Receives Set of Buses

With Support from the Honourable Lady, Handicapped Children Association Receives Set of Buses Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- Her Highness the Honourable Lady Assayida Ahd Abdullah Hamed Al Busaidi, Spouse of the Sultan of Oman has offered backing to the Association for the Welfare of the Handicapped Children (AWHC) in the form of buses to provide two-way transportation for AWHC children or those wishing to join the association or benefit from its services. The Honourable Lady’s backing seeks to empower the AWHC and enable it to pursue its humanitarian activities. It provides support ...

Saudi Military Delegation Visits MTC

Saudi Military Delegation Visits MTCMuscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- The delegation of the Saudi Command and Staff College today visited the Military Technological College (MTC).The Saudi delegation was headed by Maj.Gen Mohammed Jadu’ Al Ruwaili, Commander of the Command and Staff College and Head of the National Defence University of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)Upon the guests’ arrival, they were received by Air Commodore (Eng.) Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Siyabi, Commandant of the MTC.The delegation was briefed on the college’s educational and service facilities, in addition to its ...

Saudi Command and Staff College Delegation Visits MSC

Saudi Command and Staff College Delegation Visits MSC Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- The delegation of the Saudi Command and Staff College, headed by Maj.Gen Moahmmed Jadu’ Al Ruwaili, Commander of the College and Head of the National Defence University of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), today visited the Maritime Security Centre (MSC). Upon their arrival, the guests were greeted by Commodore Adil Hamoud Al Busaidi, Head of MSC. Members of the visiting delegation were briefed on the roles and tasks carried out by the centre in maintaining the safety of maritime environment. ...

Interior Minister Receives GCC Secretary General

Interior Minister Receives GCC Secretary General Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- Sayyid Hamoud Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, received in his office today Dr. Naif Falah Al Hajraf, GCC Secretary General. During the meeting, the two sides discussed topics related to the march of joint GCC action. They also touched on various matters that aim to bolster joint cooperation. Sayyid Hamoud lauded the Secretary General’s role in enhancing GCC cooperation during his tour of duty and wished him success. --- Ends/AG ...

Foreign Minister Receives GCC Secretary General

Foreign Minister Receives GCC Secretary General Muscat, 25 Jan (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, received here today Dr. Naif Falah Al Hajraf, GCC Secretary General on the occasion of the end of his tour of duty as GCC Secretary General. Sayyid Badr expressed his appreciation to the Secretary General for the efforts he exerted in boosting joint GCC action. --- Ends/AG ...