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Omantel, NYC ink MoU to empower youth

Omantel continues its efforts in paving the way for a thriving digital ecosystem that can bring about successes to various industries and set Oman further ahead in achieving its 2040 vision.

As part of these efforts, Omantel signed anMoU with National Youth Commission (NYC) last week, which aims to increase youth’s contribution to the telecom and ICT sector through training programmes offered by reputed institutions, a press release said.

On the sidelines of the MoU signing event, Dr Ghalib bin Saif al Hosni, Chief People Officer at Omantel, said, “Omantel’s contribution to the growth of the telecom and ICT sector goes beyond technology, expertise, smart solutions and university laboratories as it also includes preparing the youth to become an integral part of the technology advancement, and hence increase their contribution to achieving Oman 2040 vision.”

Dr Hosni asserted that the MoU comes as part of a long-term vision to develop the capabilities of Omani youth in the telecom and ICT sector, and it is one among many similar collaborations which Omantel has built in order to support the nation’s growth.

“We will continue to boost our cooperation with public and private entities in a way that helps fulfilling Oman’s development requirements, particularly in areas related to the youth and developing a knowledge-based economy,” he concluded.

One of the significant youth-related CSR initiatives that Omantel has launched is ‘Upgrade’, which aims to transform graduating students’ class projects into financially viable information and communication technology (ICT) start-ups.

On his part, Dr Sami bin Salim al Kharousi, Chairman of NYC, commented, “We are glad about our deep cooperation with Omantel in supporting Omani youth to increase their contribution to the telecom and ICT sector. This collaboration is of a great significance as it comes at a time when the sector is playing an ever-growing role in the path towards achieving the Oman 2040 vision, particularly in enabling a knowledge-based economy.”

Kharousi also mentioned that the training programmes that the involved parties seek to offer are efficient and aligned with the market needs.