MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the sultanate, in association with the Information Technology Authority’s Sas Programme, is hosting an exhibition featuring SME start-ups in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT).

The ‘Omani Start-ups and Technology’ exhibition aimed at supporting Omani youth and promoting entrepreneurial initiatives will be held on Tuesday (April 7) at the bank’s head office under the auspices of Dr Salim al Ruzaiki, chief executive officer of the Information Technology Authority.

The initiative stems from the bank’s commitment to complement government’s efforts in strengthening the role of SMEs, particularly the knowledge-based sector, in the economic development of Oman.

The exhibition showcases SME start-ups in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT), including gaming, animation, graphic design, online payment platform using telecom prepaid cards, 3D design, social media and mobile development etc. The main objective of the exhibition is to create a platform for the participants to interact with industry experts and prospective clients in promoting their products and services.

The enterprising youth participating in the exhibition are determined to follow their business dreams in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT), which offers bright prospects in light of the country moving towards a digital society. They are drawn from the Information Technology Authority’s Sas Programme which aims to set up a national technology business entrepreneurship for the sultanate in coordination and collaboration with government and non-government stakeholders to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of IT and IT related small and medium businesses.

The business environment in Oman offers tremendous opportunities and challenges for the SME sector. Aimed at strengthening the SME sector, Bank Muscat remains committed to creating self-employment opportunities for citizens, especially youth, across the Sultanate.

Bank Muscat has initiated a series of unique programmes benefiting SMEs in Oman.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily