Muscat: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oman Cables Industry (OCI) said Omani employees are the company’s greatest assets as it pushes forward in its commitment to contribute effectively to the Sultanate’s economy and progress.
Cinzia Farise believes Omanis are an integral part of the success of the company’s operations supported by the contributions of its expatriate workers.
“In OCI, young Omanis learn about creativity, emotional experience, collaboration, conflict management, time management, communication skills from the experience of expatriates in a wonderful environment where they work together side by side,” Farise told Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.
She added that OCI’s expatriate staff always act as a role model to Omanis, training them professionally and with great integrity for a smooth operation. OCI employs 13 different nationalities to offer a multicultural diversity and a conducive of learning to its young Omani employee workforce.
OCI, which is based in the Rusail Industrial Area, was established in 1984, with the aim of manufacturing and market electrical products, specifically a wide range of cables. It has contributed to the cable technology to different industries towards Oman’s rapid progress to both the manufacturing industries and domestic use.
But OCI is not only content to mix a professional workforce together but works hard to introduce more female employees to give equal employment opportunity for both gender.
“This year we were able to include female employees in our plant portfolio for the first time, showing an increased commitment to equality and opportunities throughout the company. Our efforts in identifying the right talent are not based on gender but in recognizing the potential of people,” Farise pointed out.
It may be noted that the OCI’s CEO is a woman with a deep interest to push forward the values of the opposite gender in the workforce of a company she leads. She added that the company is “on target to achieve a 50-50 gender balance in recruitment.”
According to official statistics, women slightly outnumber men in the population of Oman. Women make up 53 per cent of the total population. Moreover, statistics also showed that over 65 percent of colleges and university students in Oman are women.
OCI is also actively involved in seeking talent from young graduates in its programme called ‘Thymar’.
“It prepares young Omani talents by skilling their leadership and technical qualities to be ready for the broader corporate experience. With these measures in place, we believe that educating and empowering the local people and talents will guarantee a prosperous and sustainable future for our company, for Omani community and for the national economy,” Farise concluded.