Muscat – To support local leaders in the governorates to achieve balanced local development in line with the directions of Oman Vision 2040, the Royal Academy of Management, in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, launched the National Initiative for Development of Local Administration (NIDLA) in various governorates on Sunday.
The launch took place under the auspices of Sayyid Hamoud al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, in the presence of Dr Ali Qasim Jawad al Lawati, chairman of Royal Academy for Management, and several ministers at W Muscat Hotel.
NIDLA was developed based on His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s belief in and commitment to the development of the governorates. The initiative reflects the importance of local governments as the point of contact between the state and citizens. It is a sustainable plan for growth implemented in cooperation with executive partners who have extensive global experience and a clear understanding of the local context.
On the occasion, Sayyid Hamoud said NIDLA factors in the requirements of the next stage of construction and development in all governorates. “It indicates His Majesty Sultan Haitham’s interest in restructuring the state management apparatus. Royal decrees outline the future vision for the development process, thereby enabling governorates to manage and invest their resources, and develop human resources, in various sectors as a fundamental pillar upon which the government relies for its own development process,” the minister said.
According to Lawati, the launch of the initiative is in line with Royal directives of His Majesty the Sultan to develop the governorates and establish a decentralised management structure in them. The initiative aims to support governors, walis and local government officials in achieving balanced local development in accordance with the directions of Oman Vision 2040. “It will strengthen their skills in governance and economic decentralisation, and provide them with best practices in local government, which will positively affect the governorates’ development and competitiveness.”
Additionally, the initiative aims to boost governors’ skills with fundamental leadership capabilities to carry out their roles incorporating best practices.
NIDLA will provide governors with modern local government methods, which will have a positive effect on the governorates’ development and competitiveness, while enhancing the governors’ knowledge and competencies in the concepts of governance and economic decentralisation. It will also equip them with tools and methods for managing and promoting investment in order to enhance governorates’ economic development levels.
According to Lawati, while designing the initiative, the Royal Academy of Management considered the close ties to the local legislative framework and international best practices. NIDLA will be implemented in phases, beginning with governors and walis in local government.
Stakeholders from the Ministry of Interior and governors were consulted in the initiative’s design process to make sure it is in accordance with their actual needs and aspirations and ensures their active participation.
NIDLA has a diverse range of tools that ensure their practical application. These tools include executive learning programmes, local and international practical field trips, one-to-one training sessions, indicators of competitiveness of services offered by governorates, and studies to monitor the current situation and forecast future scenarios of local government.