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Subsequent to an exceptionally successful maiden edition displaying Oman as an investment destination, the second edition of Oman Investment Forum 2012 will be held between on October 8 and 9 at the Al Bustan Palace – a Ritz-Carlton Hotel Muscat.

Presented by MEED Events and their strategic event partner, the Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development (PAIPED), the forum will bring together government representatives, leading industry figures and the international business community on a singular platform to discuss the growth of Oman’s economy.

The forum will be an exclusive opportunity to be privy to the latest on Oman’s economy and the updated expenditures for Oman’s major sectors from 2013 to 2015. Government officials will reveal their visions, strategic roadmap and investor incentives along with providing an overview of current and new business opportunities in Oman’s projects market, currently valued at $55bn.

Highlights of the event include a keynote address by HE Yahya Said Al Jabri, chairman of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Duqm who will give a strategic overview on the key milestones achieved at Duqm SEZ as well as present on the upcoming infrastructure project opportunities for consultants, contractors and service providers in each of the development phases for Duqm SEZ.

Ministerial representatives speaking at the event include HE Salim Al Aufi, CEO, Public Authority for Civil Aviation who will present on the latest developments and opportunities for Oman’s regional airports; HE Dr Ali Talib al Hinai, Undersecretary Planning, Ministry of Health, who will deliver an overview of Oman’s healthcare facilities construction master plan and HE Khalifa Bin Mubarak Al Hinai, Ministry Advisor, Ministry of Oil and Gas, who will give exclusive insight on Oman’s multibillion oil & gas project opportunities. His Excellency Mohammed bin Al-Zubair, Adviser to His Majesty for Economic Planning Affairs will be the chief guest for the opening ceremony on October 8, 2012.

“This edition of Oman Investment Forum will be a must-attend for those interested in investment prospects in the Sultanate, as it promises to be a unique networking opportunity wherein Oman’s private sector and international investors will exchange their views on best practice strategies for running a successful business,” said Edmund O’Sullivan, chairman, MEED Events.

Other confirmed speakers at the event include Marcos Beluco, country manager-Vale; Wael Al-Lawati, CEO –Omran; Pankaj Khimji, drector- Khimji Ramdas; Qais Saud Al Zakwani, deputy executive director- Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman; Mohamed Al Maskeri, director general- Knowledge Oasis Muscat; Angus Hindley, research director- MEED Insight and Dr Axel Goehler, honorary consul-honorary consulate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan among others.

Spread across two days, the conference will encompass macroeconomic trends and outlook for Oman’s economy as well as upcoming project opportunities across Oman’s tourism and real estate, transport, project funding and industrial ports and free zones on the first day. The next day, the discussions will entail social infrastructure projects including healthcare and education as well as opportunities across Oman’s oil & gas, power & water and industrial sectors.


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