The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) has called on the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 to prepare a plan to start some economic activities in the sultanate.
“We call on the Supreme Committee and the Economic Team to lay out a plan to start some economic activities, especially related to supply chain, or those related to the services that touch our daily lives,” said Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, chairman of OCCI.
Yousef said that many companies need emergency loans as a result of the sharp decline in their revenues because of the pandemic. “These loans will allow them to manage fixed expenses like staff wages and rents for the next three months.”
He said that once the economic activities begin ‘the consumer transactions can be done either through the delivery service or through online platforms’.
OCCI is following up the exceptional conditions experienced by private sector companies and establishments, including small and medium enterprises. “Private sector companies are part of the fabric of this country contributing to its progress and development. They must follow the utmost levels of occupational safety and health measures as instructed by the authorities.”
Yousef said that OCCI is full of praise for the Ministry of Health, workers in the public and private health sectors, those working in the security and military services and the ROP for their role in managing the crisis especially during the holy month.
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