To support jobseekers, Muscat Gases Company, in cooperation with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) and the Ministry of Social Development, launched an initiative called Nueen Wa Nuauun (We help and operate) at an event held in Al Bustan Palace Hotel on Monday.
On the occasion, Omar bin Ahmad Salem Qatan, chairman of the Board of Directors of Muscat Gases, said, “The initiative aims to support Omani youth and find job opportunities for them. The initiative will provide ten small trucks to transport and deliver gas cylinders. Muscat Gases will provide a truck each to ten youths and provide them with training, support them in developing their project, and allocate a place for them at filling stations equipped with cooking gas cylinder vending machines.”
The vending machine will be an automated device that will allow consumers to replace and buy new 11kg cylinders all day long 24/7, enabling customers to make payments through mobile phone or point-of-sale devices. The machine will have a feature for image recognition allowing verification and confirmation of status of the cylinder replaced.
Muscat Gases is the sole distributor of 11kg cylinder vending machines in the Middle East which will provide and facilitate the premium service in Oman.
Muscat Gases and Oman Oil Marketing Company have signed an agreement to sell cooking gas cylinders through vending machines at selected service stations.
Qatan informed that Muscat Gases will monitor the sales statistics periodically for each project. If the chosen youth project owner achieves the objectives of the initiative, the ownership of the truck will be transferred to him.
Imad al Sabbagh, CEO of Muscat Gases, said, “The company will give the project owners access to the Muscat Gases app to provide cylinder distribution services via mobile applications by linking customers with the truck drivers – the project owners.”
Badr bin Saif al Siyabi, head of the support team at the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada), said, “The authority has set some conditions for choosing young people, such as that the applicant should be Omani, should work full-time, not own any other project in any sector, not retired nor have a commercial register with existing activities, must hold a general diploma, should have a driver’s licence and not exceed 35 years in age.”
Fatima Abdullah bin Salem al Rashdi, assistant director of the Department of Family Development and Empowerment in the Ministry of Social Development, said, “The process of economic empowerment of individuals and families is a participatory process that requires cooperation and coordination between the government and the private sector.
“The initiative achieves economic empowerment for members of social security families and raises the level of their economic status, thus achieving social and psychological stability for them.”
She added, “The ministry urges members of social security families to apply for these initiatives that contribute directly to building their professional future, developing their capabilities, and promoting the concept of self-employment, which contributes to the national economy.”