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

PwC

PwC helps organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We’re a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 236,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.

At PwC, we measure success by our ability to create the value that our clients, our people and the wider public are looking for. Our reputation lies in building lasting relationships with our clients and a focus on delivering value in all we do. We can bring our world-class capabilities and experience to your business goals.

Established in the Middle East for 40 years, PwC has 23 offices across 12 countries in the region with around 4,200 people. We partner with the region’s Governments and businesses, to help solve the region’s most important problems and build trust in our society.

Highlights of the PwC Middle East practice:

  • PwC Middle East is one of the fastest growing PwC member firms worldwide and the largest professional services firm in the Middle East.
  • We bring global perspectives and the full extent of our worldwide network to the work that we do for our clients in the region
  • Our clients include prominent public and private companies, governments, banks and family businesses.
  • We provide tailored solutions to help clients meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Middle East market and beyond.
  • We have experience in industries including government, energy and utilities, financial services and banking, retail, construction and engineering, manufacturing, entertainment and telecoms.