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Promoting entrepreneurship in Oman

VIPs on stage at the Entrepreneur Partnership Forum in Muscat

Shell Intilaaqah Oman recently hosted an Entrepreneur Partnership Forum (EPF) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Muscat. The aim of the event was to provide a platform for discussion amongst Omani entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), training providers, potential business partners and funders.

The event was attended by some of Oman’s leading figures working to promote entrepreneurship in the country, including Chris Breeze (Shell Oman Country Chairman), Khalifa Al Abri (Acting CEO, The Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development - PASMED), Eng. Hussain Abdul Hussain (CEO, Haya Water), Ali Abdul Hussain Shaban (General Manager of System and Resources Management, W.J. Towell), Abdullah Al Jufaili (General Manager, Sharakah Youth Fund), and Adel Al-Hubaishi (Business Adviser, Zubair SEC).

Some of Oman’s entrepreneurs also attended the event, including Yusuf Al Hashami (owner of Al Etihad International Management Training Institute), and Zeema Al Azri (owner of Al Jeel Al Waeed Nursery), both previous participants of the Intilaaqah Oman programme.

The EPF featured a panel session made up of Shell, PASMED, Sharakah, and Intilaaqah’s three strategic partners - Haya Water, W.J. Towell, and Zubair SEC. The key themes that were discussed included the current support available to businesses and start ups in Oman, ongoing challenges faced by Omani entrepreneurs and SMEs, ways to overcome these challenges, and the importance of partnerships. The session provided an opportunity for open discussion, Q&A, partnership building and networking.

The entrepreneurs in attendance participated with great enthusiasm and asked questions about the role of PASMED in supporting local SMEs in getting government projects, and the growth of SMEs in the local market. The entrepreneurs admired the transparency which was shared by the panellists and welcomed their opinions. They also expressed a wish that similar events should be held in the future.

Commenting on the event, Chris Breeze, Shell Oman Country Chairman, said, “As part of its social investment agenda and responsibility to the Sultanate, Shell in Oman places great emphasis on empowering local entrepreneurs so they are able to contribute to Oman’s growing economy. We hosted this forum to bring together decision makers, leading organisations and entrepreneurs to have an open, friendly and result focused conversation about the ways in which Oman can build a thriving entrepreneurial base for its economy.”

Speaking on the panel, Eng. Hussain Abdul Hussain, CEO of Haya Water, said, “There are a lot of opportunities in the market for Oman’s entrepreneurs. Be smart to grab the ones you understand and that you can excel in.”

Khalifa Al Abri, Acting CEO of PASMED, added, “Nurturing an entrepreneurial culture can provide a catalyst for entrepreneurial success. Oman’s entrepreneurs should become leaders, inspire those around them, and contribute to Oman’s prosperity.”

Shell Intilaaqah aims to continue stimulating discussion about Oman’s entrepreneurs. The programme focuses on enhancing the skills and knowledge of entrepreneurial Omanis by taking them through the process of starting their own businesses. Participants are taught, amongst many things, what makes a business successful, how to put together a business plan, apply for funding, and manage a team. The programme gives Omani entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop their ideas and strengthen their managerial skills. This programme is implemented in regions across Oman, including Muscat, Nizwa, Sohar, Sur and Salalah.

 


 

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