Muscat: The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz) inaugurated on the sidelines of Oman’s Official Technology show (Comex 2023), the Centralised Compliance System “Eltizam”, under the patronage of Dr Ali bin Amer Al Shidhani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology for Communications and Information Technology, and with the presence of several other dignitaries.
Launching the “Eltizam” system is aimed at automating follow-up procedures and practices in the field of control and compliance, most notably environmental and labour control and inspection of buildings and projects, monitoring, compliance, and issuance of violations and reports, in addition to providing the system with another feature of e-payment through the system.
The Centralised Compliance System will be implemented in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (Sezad) as a first phase to automate the various follow-up procedures, which include procedures for following up on environmental compliance, pollution control, waste and hazardous materials management, projects control, labour control, and building control. This system also targets other categories of end users as it is not only used by inspectors, but representatives of companies, consultants and contractors can also use the system via tablets or mobile phones.
Through the system, users can schedule field visits, distribute compliance follow-up tasks electronically, specify exact inspection sites, prepare field visit reports and add attachments and images directly on-site without having to go back to the office. It is also possible via Eltisam to communicate directly between the inspection team and follow-up team and companies to follow up on inspections, in addition to the ability for companies to send inspection requests according to the projects’ stages.
In this regard, Mohammed bin Abdulmajeed Al Hooti, In-charge of Managing the Digital Transformation Programme at Opaz, stated, “The Centralised Compliance System comes within Opaz's plan towards digital transformation and its continuous efforts to re-engineer the procedures in force in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (Sezad) in which the system was implemented as a first phase. However, at a later phase, the follow-up procedures in the zones affiliated with Opaz will be unified according to this system as the scenarios are in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm and a manner commensurate with the nature of business and requirements in other zones.”
Al Hooti added, “The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones is continuing to develop the digital environment by unifying procedures in all its affiliated zones. This comes to enhance its constant efforts to speed up and complete all transactions and facilitate the practice of economic activities and convert them from paper transactions to electronic transactions, as well as promote digital transformation. Further, this system reflects its commitment towards achieving transparency and flexibility in providing all its services to investors.”