MUSCAT: H E Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs on Wednesday launched Zaad, a high-quality work lunch programme for industrial workers at a seminar organised by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) at Grand Hyatt Muscat.
The national-level programme, which aims to improve the quality of life of industrial workers, will also have a logo, mobile vans and a promotional film.
“Zaad is an extension of PEIE’s live-work-play concept for developing industrial clusters. The programme will ensure that the food is prepared in well-equipped and hygienic kitchens. The initiative is also a business opportunity for Omani entrepreneurs in the food distribution sector,” said Saif al Riyami, director of marketing and promotions at PEIE.
Meanwhile, the PEIE seminar also discussed business opportunities and reviewed the establishment’s current and future projects. Addressing the conference, H E Balushi said that the industrial sector is a major component of Oman’s economy.
“It is hoped that this sector, along with the oil sector, will play a key role in advancing national economy.” He added, “This seminar will help in introducing investment opportunities to businesses and SMEs in PEIE’s existing and new industrial estates. In addition, priority will be given to light and medium industries, which will contribute to providing employment opportunities for Omani youth.”
The seminar also saw a presentation by Hazem Abdul Karim, civil engineer – Oman general manager at F&M Consultants, on PEIE Technopolis project which is being implemented. “The PEIE Technopolis project will accommodate 30,000 people wherein they will be provided social and industrial infrastructure through the work-live-play concept.
“It is for the first time in the sultanate such a project will be implemented,” Karim added.
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY