Businesses are eagerly awaiting Oman’s budget for 2016 and its 5-year plan for 2016-2020, both of which are expected to be decreed on 3 January 2016.
Majlis Al Shura hosted Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs, Deputy Chairman of the Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council, Dr. Ali bin Masud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning, and Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning, to discuss 2016 draft budget and draft 9th five-year plan (2016-2020).
Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Oman’s sovereign debt in a sign of growing pressure on the finances of some Gulf Arab oil exporters.
Market capitalisation of bonds and sukuk traded on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) has crossed OMR1.8 billion, reflecting a continuation of the growth the bourse achieved over this year after listing the first OMR250 million worth of sovereign sukuk issued by the Sultanate’s Government.
The Sultanate, full of pride and trust, will celebrate Wednesday the 45th Glorious National Day. The blessed modern Renaissance is continuing its endeavours to achieve more progress and prosperity for the Sultanate under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has received cables of greetings from State Council Chairman Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, Majlis Al Shura Chairman Khalid bin Hilal Al Ma’awali, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi and Lt-Gen. Hassan bin Mohsen Al Shraiqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs, on the occasion of the 45th Glorious National Day.
Global trade flows have fallen dangerously close to levels usually associated with a global recession, although actions taken by China and others should ensure a pick-up in 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Monday.
Central government employees should not be allowed to earn annual increments if they fail to meet performance criterion, the Seventh Central Pay Commission has recommended even as it sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level.