Muscat: Tawasul Foundation signed a number of agreements and memorandum of cooperation with different organisations to implement social responsibility programmes at Duqm.

The programmes are focused on various fields such as entrepreneurship, training for development and employment, health and environment, and support for sports clubs and associations.

The signing ceremony was attended by Yahya bin Said Al Jabri, Chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) and representatives from companies operating in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZD).

Tawasul is a development foundation established by Sezad in partnership with several corporates, operating within SEZD, to implement sustainable community projects that serve local communities in Duqm in particular and Al Wusta Governorate in general.

The first memorandum of cooperation was signed by Tawasul Foundation and Sultan Qaboos University to explore cooperation opportunities in the fields of research, training and development, building human capacities, raising awareness, exchanging knowledge. These opportunities touch on developing and implementing different initiatives related to sustainable community investment, social and economic development at Duqm in particular and Al Wusta Governorate in general. The university will also, in coordination with Tawasul, work on developing the Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for Tawasul.

Following this memorandum, the two parties will work closely to achieve joint objectives by participating in many activities together, including combined research projects, competencies development initiatives, seminars, training sessions, panel and round table discussions, knowledge sharing programmes and other initiatives.

Within the framework of the university’s endeavour to achieve the goals, it will act as Tawasul’s arm for research and development through the Omani Studies Centre at the University. Part of the centre’s mission would be conducting research consultations and helping Tawasul to develop certain programmes whenever required.

Another cooperation agreement was signed by Tawasul and Oman LNG Development Foundation to focus on implementing joint social responsibility and community service programmes. This agreement comes in line with the interest to benefit from the experience of Oman LNG in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Therefore, it is aimed at creating a greater positive social impact on society as well as exchanging expertise and best practices in sustainable CSR projects. Besides, the agreement will allow both parties to exchange training and development experiences between employees concerned about CSR.


The third agreement, signed by Tawasul with Beyond Measure Group, provides training and qualifying opportunities for 15 young male and female entrepreneurs from Duqm and introduces them to supply chain opportunities offered by Tawasul’s partners and other corporates in Duqm.

The training opportunities will focus on a number of basic skills in entrepreneurship, requirements of a successful entrepreneur, laws and procedures, which an entrepreneur must be aware of. Further, it will also help to familiarise entrepreneurs with the different corporates in Duqm and its services in addition to marketing, financial management, human resource management, customer service and other areas.

According to the agreement, entrepreneurs, who are on their start-up phase, will be guided to develop their plans. As for those who already own business, they will be supported by giving them direct contracts from the companies operating at Duqm.

The fourth agreement was signed with the International Gulf Institute for training and employing around 50 to 100 young male and female Omanis from Duqm. The participants will be enrolled in a training-for-employment programme, which is based on the job opportunities offered by the companies in Duqm as per their potential requirements. Those corporates are committed to hiring the trainees post completing their training.

This programme aims to provide well-qualified cadres for companies operating in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, increase their Omanisation rate and offer job opportunities in the founding companies of “Tawasul”.

The agreements and memorandum were signed on behalf of Tawasul Foundation by Muna bint Said Al Shukaili, CEO of Tawasul Foundation, and Dr Rahmabint Ibrahim Al Mahrooqi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research from Sultan Qaboos University, Khalid bin Abdullah Al Massan, CEO of Oman LNG Development Foundation, Mona Bakhour, Founder & CEO of Beyond Measure Group and on behalf of the International Gulf Institute, Dr Ahmed Al Farsi, Chairman of Gulf Group for Training and Sustainability.

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