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Empowering Omani entrepreneurs

Shell Intilaaqah Oman has held the first in a series of graduation ceremonies for young Omani entrepreneurs who recently completed Intilaaqah’s Entrepreneurial Development Programme (IEDP). Further ceremonies are scheduled to be held in Sur, Nizwa, Sohar, and Salalah throughout May and June.

Held in Muscat, the ceremony celebrated the graduation of 85 young Omani entrepreneurs under the auspices of His Excellency Ahmed Bin Sulaiman Bin Saleh Al-Maimani, Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry for Administrative, Financial and Regional Affairs. The event was attended by Shell representatives, including Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman, dignitaries from the public and private sector, Intilaaqah’s training partner Modern Gulf Institute (MGi), and aspiring Omani entrepreneurs.

In his opening remarks, Chris Breeze gave some insight into how Intilaaqah is providing support and development for young entrepreneurs seeking to establish their own business and SMEs seeking to expand saying, “Empowering Omani entrepreneurs and promoting employment opportunities is one of our responsibilities to the Sultanate. I extend my warmest congratulations to all of you. Your presence here today demonstrates that you have everything it takes to successfully run a business and, although the journey of entrepreneurship is challenging, it is equally exciting and rewarding. My advice to all of you is to continue challenging yourselves, remain focused, and never lose sight of your dreams. Please remember that we are here to support you along the way.”

Launched on 8 July 2013, the IEDP programme equips entrepreneurs with the essential tools to run a successful business. Course topics include business management, strategic planning, project management, financial planning, marketing, communications, and human resources.

In order to complete the IEDP course, participants are required to submit and present their business plans to Intilaaqah and, upon course completion, graduates are connected with Shell Intilaaqah Oman’s strategic business partners, including W.J. Towell, in order to develop potential business opportunities.

To qualify for the seven week IEDP programme, participants must attend a “Bright Ideas” enterprise awareness and business ideas generation workshop to strengthen their knowledge about entrepreneurship. Following this workshop, the most promising candidates are chosen by Intilaaqah’s adjudicating panel for the IEDP training. 2,045 students attended Bright Ideas workshops during the past year and, over the coming months, Intilaaqah will celebrate the graduation of 433 additional entrepreneurs who completed the IEDP training.

Speaking to the Times of Oman newspaper at the event, His Excellency Ahmed Bin Sulaiman Bin Saleh Al-Maimani said that Shell Intilaaqah, “Provides a great opportunity for young Omanis who want to enter the market and set up their own business. It also contributes to the development of SMEs in Oman.

“Omani youth has great potential to become successful entrepreneurs. The completion of this programme is the first step toward building a better future for themselves and the country.”

Interviewed by the same newspaper, Chris Breeze said that Shell Intilaaqah helps maximise the chances of participants becoming successful business people adding that, “The SME sector in Oman is set to grow, and there is a lot of focus on it. This is just one further contribution that these graduates are making to the sector. These people are the future of the country.”

Chris Breeze
He added that Shell thinks of social investment programmes as an investment in people and is carrying out various initiatives in Oman, in addition to Intilaaqah, with the aim of contributing to the progress of the country.

“We have a range of programmes, including training for employment programmes. We get about 150 people into employment every year through upskilling the individuals,” said Chris Breeze adding that, “We also provide training to help people who are already working but want to enhance their skills.”


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