Muscat: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) marked its 45th anniversary in a culmination of its efforts over the past years to develop the Omani private sector and make it a key partner in economic and sustainable development.
The ceremony was held under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan in the presence of their highnesses, ministers, undersecretaries, heads of federations of chambers of commerce and industry in the GCC and Arab countries.
Qais bin Mohammed Al Yousef, OCCI Board Chairman said in his opening speech “With the adoption of the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of the policy of supporting and encouraging the private sector, there was a need for a specific body to take care of the interests of the employers, express their opinions and regulate the relation with the government bodies in order to create an environment conducive to the start of economic development in which the private sector plays a fundamental and effective role. Thus, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established as a link between the Government and business owners to ensure continuous cooperation in order to revitalise the economic activities in the fields of trade, industry and agriculture to achieve the proper development of the economy in the country”.
The ceremony was accompanied by an archives exhibition highlighting the OCCI 45-year march, documented by Al Ghorfa Magazine. Previous board chairmen, their deputies and boards of directors since 1973 till 2018 were honoured, in addition to honouring most senior 45 employees at OCCI.
During the ceremony, a documentary was screened about OCCI role in serving development and the private sector during the past years.