ILO and Oman renew partnership to advance decent work in the Sultanate

A new Decent Work Country Programme for Oman is officially launched in Muscat.

Press release | 03 September 2018
MUSCAT (ILO News) - The ILO and the Sultanate of Oman have officially launched Oman’s third Decent Work Country Programme.

The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Oman for the period 2018-2020 was officially launched on 3 September, at the Ministry of Manpower in Muscat in the presence of a high-level ILO delegation, headed by the Deputy Director General Moussa Oumarou and the Regional Director for Arab states Ruba Jaradat.

The new programme will see the ILO continuing to work closely with its constituents to bolster the national employment agenda and enhance access to decent work opportunities in the Sultanate, and build on joint successes achieved during the DWCP 2014-2016 and before.

The DWCP was signed by Omani Minister of Manpower Shaikh Abdallah Al Bakri, ILO Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat, the Chairman of the General Federation of Oman Trade Unions (GFOTU) Nabhan Ahmed Al-Battashi, and the Director General of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) Abdul Adheem Al Bahrani.

“The new programme provides an important contribution to the achievement of Oman’s Vision 2020, through increasing the productivity and efficiency of the labour market, and elevating the level of social dialogue amongst the social partners,” said Oman’s Minister of Manpower Abdallah Al-Bakri.

“Oman has demonstrated its commitment to decent work since its accession to the ILO over two decades ago,” said ILO Regional Director Ruba Jaradat.

The Sultanate has ratified four of the ILO’s eight core Conventions since its accession to the Organization in 1994. In June 2010, Oman became the second Gulf state to sign a DWCP after Bahrain adopted its programme in March of the same year.

Jaradat added: “The new Programme will support Oman in keeping pace with the rapid changes we are experiencing in the world of work. Today marks an important milestone in building on past joint successes and furthering our support and collaboration with the Omani Government and social partners in their efforts towards enhanced labour market policies and governance, strengthened labour relations and social dialogue, as well as increased ratifications, with a special focus on the Maritime Labour Convention and the remaining fundamental conventions.”

The ILO delegation led by Oumarou and Jaradat also visited the GFOTU, OCCI, the Directorate General of Ministry of Manpower in the Dhofar Governorate, and the Technical College in Salalah.