Oman, ILO sign pact to extend decent work programme

Geneva - 

The sultanate and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Sunday signed a pact to extend the Memorandum of Understanding for implementing the National Programme for Decent Work. 

Oman was represented by stakeholders including the Ministry of Manpower, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the General Federation of Oman Trade Unions.

This programme aims at building capacities of stakeholders to ensure stability and growth of the labour market in the sultanate. During the period from 2010 to 2016, 950 employees benefited from 32 such programmes that were carried out. During the period from 2017 to 2019, the programme that will be implemented by ILO will cover the development of the tripartite system in the field of union organisations, collective bargaining, social dialogue, labour inspections, vocational health and safety, operations, entrepreneurship and social protection.

Speaking on the occasion, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, said that recently a number of projects were implemented with the aim of creating decent work for everyone.

The projects include the use of solar energy. The sultanate’s national diversification programme ‘Tanfeedh’ has identified five promising sectors namely manufacturing, fisheries, mining, tourism, transport and logistics.

Said bin Saleh al Kiyumi, chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the report of the ILO director general this year on green initiatives and creating job opportunities for youth all over the world coincides with the sultanate’s interest in creating similar opportunities for Omani youth.

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