Category: Zighlights

Energy
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Production of petroleum products in Oman grows by 12 per cent

A 12 per cent growth in production of refined products was registered in the first half of this year, over the same period of last year, according to the statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). The statistics, based on data from the Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), […]

Zighlights
Jashmi
Oman signs $3.5bn loan agreement with Chinese financial institutions

The Oman government has signed a $3.55bn five-year loan agreement with a group of Chinese financial institutions. The senior unsecured loan follows the Sultanate’s $5bn multi-tranche bond and $2bn sukuk priced earlier this year. “The transaction witnessed strong interest from a group of leading Chinese banks with the transaction upsized from the initial target of […]

COMPANIES
CEO S VENKATACHALAM
National Life net profit soars 303 per cent

National Life and General Insurance Company (National Life), a leading composite insurer in Oman, said its profit after tax grew by 303 per cent toRO4.70mn for the first half of 2017, from RO1.16mn in the first half of 2016. Thus, National Life has already exceeded the net profit of the entire year of 2016. National Life […]

Banking & Finance
CBO
Interest rates increase amid tight liquidity situation

Bank interest rates in Oman have increased in view of the tight liquidity situation and increased competition among banks for deposit mobilisation. The weighted average interest rate on total deposits—both rial Omani and foreign currency deposits—rose to 1.423 per cent by the end of 2016, from 0.931 per cent in the same period of the […]

Banking & Finance
MpClear
Oman launches MpClear system

Mobile payment clearing and switching (MpClear), a unique system aimed at enhancing the payment infrastructure of the country, was launched recently, according to a statement by Central Bank of Oman (CBO). With the launch of this system, Oman is the first country within the GCC countries to implement such system under the Central Bank leadership. It will also […]

COMPANIES
CMA
Al Ahlia IPO gets encouraging response

Al Ahlia Insurance Company’s initial public offering, which opened for subscription on July 4 2017, has been very well received by the market and attracted positive feedback from investors following the company’s meetings with some of the most influential investors and research analysts in the Sultanate. Following the successful meeting of the company’s management with […]

ECONOMY
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PDO signs research and development deals with Omani universities

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has signed research and development agreements with Sohar and Al Sharqiyah Universities to help resolve some of its complex technical challenges. It is hoped the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) will help PDO further develop its competitive delivery by reducing costs, increasing production and reserves while operating in a safer and greener environment. […]

ECONOMY
Oma Budget
Total budget expenditure down by 5.8 per cent

Oman’s total budget expenditure fell by 5.8 per cent to RO12,908.2mn in 2016, according to the Central Bank of Oman’s (CBO’s) annual report. As the cut in expenditure fell short of the decline in revenues, the fiscal deficit stood at RO5,300mn in 2016, compared with RO4,361.4mn in 2015 (fiscal deficit as a percentage to GDP […]

Banking & Finance
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Economy expected to continue slowdown in 2017: CBO

The annual report of the Central Bank of Oman (CB), released today, says Oman’s economy is expected to witness a slowdown in 2017, but the country is well placed to deal with the challenges in the short term. The government has been proactive in undertaking various measures to address the macroeconomic challenges over the medium-term. […]

Banking & Finance
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Bank Muscat posts RO84mn net profit for the first half

    Bank Muscat reported net profit of RO84.31mn for the first half of 2017, down from RO90.47mn for the same period in 2016. The bank’s net interest income from conventional banking stood at RO125.63 million for the first six months of 2017, compared with RO124.42mn for the same period of 2016, reflecting an increase […]