By Beatrice Thomas
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said issues orders to set up committee to develop Oman Vision 2040
A 20-year blueprint to guide future development in Oman has taken a step forward with the announcement of a high-powered steering committee to development the plan, it was reported.
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said issued royal orders to set up the main committee for Oman Vision 2040, to be chaired by Heritage and Culture Minister Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al-Said.
Among its first priorities will be to develop, crystalise and draft the vision document, including community-wide consultation, the Times of Oman reported.
It comes as Oman’s Supreme Council for Planning on Sunday held its fourth and final meeting for 2013.
Its agenda included emergency response plans for Oman’s ports and economic zones as well as the general layout for the development of Shinas Port.
The Council also tasked the Ministry of Transport and Secretariat General of the Supreme Council for Planning with preparing a 2040 national strategy for logistics services.
This strategy, the Times said, would take into consideration the competitive ability of ports, airports and logistics zone projects in the South Al Batinah Governorate.
The Council also discussed applications to approve a number of development projects in a number of wilayats.