Ahead of the Omani Industry Day on Tuesday, the Industrial Innovation Centre (IIC) has announced that it is working to establish four innovative units in the fields of food and beverages, fishery industry, animal and fish feed, and mining.
As the centre commemorates Omani Industry Day, which falls on February 9 every year, it takes pride in training 360 specialists and supporting 40 factories to strengthen the industrial sector.
“The centre has trained 360 young people over the past three years with an Industrial Innovation Specialist certification. These youngsters obtained intellectual property rights and were able to apply innovation in the institutions they founded,” Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed al Mahrooqi, CEO of IIC, said, adding that “40 companies and national factories have also benefitted from the centre’s expertise”.
He informed that the centre “is currently working in cooperation with a number of government and private agencies to establish four innovative units in the fields of food and beverages, fishery industry, animal and fish feed, and mining”.
About the celebration of the day, Mahrooqi said “it confirms the relentless pursuit of various professional bodies to develop industry and raise its contribution to the sultanate’s GDP, as it is one of the pillars of economic diversification”. He informed that the centre is also implementing an innovation programme in minerals in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
“The programme will last for five years with an allocated budget of approximately RO4mn under the National Programme for Enhancing Economic Diversification (erstwhile Tanfeedh).
“The IIC prepares and implements four specialised innovation programmes concerned with human capital development and innovation in start-ups, established companies and industrial sectors,” added Mahrooqi.
“The centre launched programmes with investments estimated at RO1,871,833, which resulted in financial returns to the national economy amounting to RO581,500. Through these programmes, the centre was also able to create 56 job opportunities for Omani youth.”
The IIC has created 73 on-the-job training opportunities for graduates of higher education institutions. It organised specialised workshops in fisheries, marble and food processing industries.
“The IIC cooperated with international experts from different countries such as Malaysia, Turkey, Italy, South Korea, the UK and India in the field of technology transfer and knowledge sharing.”
Delegated by His Majesty the Sultan, Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidi, chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones, will preside over the presentation ceremony of His Majesty’s Award for Industrial Excellence 2020, on Tuesday.
Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) has called on business owners to follow the virtual ceremony which will award the winning factories. The event will also mark the Omani Industry Day.
OCCI said the ceremony will be streamed live through the social media accounts of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion from 7pm.
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