Public-Private Partnership Taskforce (Sharaka)

As an extension of the patronage of H.M. the Sultan for the private sector, and in order to enable the sector to play its role as an active partner in the social and economic development of the Sultanate, the initiative was launched in April 2013, through the adoption of a taskforce that includes six ministers and six members from the private sector that are selected in rotation from among 30 representatives of the sector including business owners who have been chosen by a wider private sector group. The initiative is an inclusive effort structured in a manner that allows for the rotation of private sector members, thereby including a broad number of participants and views from the private sector.

The PPP has several notable objectives, including: Enhancing co-operation between the public and private sector, identifying opportunities for collaboration, supporting the employment and capability development of Omani Nationals, as well as working towards regional diversification and development.

The Taskforce efforts began by identifying four national priorities of partnership (economic diversification, job creation, regional development, building national capabilities), where these priorities constitute a general framework for proposed ideas, projects and initiatives, as well as challenges to be addressed in partnership with relevant government agencies. In addition, four working groups have been established to include a number of undersecretaries as representatives of key government stakeholders for each priority, and a number of businessmen and businesswomen as representatives to the partnership team from the private sector.

Institute of Capability Development (ICD)

The Institute for Capability Development (ICD) has been established with the blessing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. ICD delivers world-class leadership, management and professional learning, research and associated initiatives around issues critical to the current and future performance of the Diwan of Royal Court. The ICD partners with 'best-in-class' local, regional and international research and educational institutions and individuals in the achievement of this vision.

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

An international business school embedded in a world-class university

Ranked 1st worldwide for higher education by The Times (2016), the University of Oxford is one of the foremost centres of learning, teaching and research.

As a department of the university, Saïd Business School is dedicated to developing the new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. The School is ranked as one of the top ten global providers of Executive Education (FT Global Rankings 2016).

Its Custom Executive Education division specialises in developing transformational programmes for large, complex international organisations and businesses, and are distinguished by their strong partnership ethos and ability to design and deliver interventions that are tightly aligned to their clients’ business needs.

Tutorials and lectures are integrated with non-traditional learning exercises to deliver unique learning experiences that achieve outstanding results and lasting impact at both the organisational and the individual level.

Oxford University’s Saïd Business School will be responsible for the overall design and delivery of the learning process, with a primary focus of improving the national competitiveness of Oman


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