Partnership between the public and private sectors has garnered attention from governments, communities, investors and intellectuals as, increasingly, socio-economic development necessitates utilization of all available manpower, know-how and resources across both sectors. Most countries endeavour to create the legislative and regulatory frameworks and institutions to support and encourage partnership between the two sectors with an aim to incentivize all national sectors to direct, manage, operate and develop joint projects and businesses to achieve national stability and sustainable economic growth.

The success of this strategy (PPP) requires efforts beyond enactment of laws and regulations, but a comprehensive and integrated framework on the economic and social strata, coupled with a visionary outlook that recognizes that such an approach enables countries to overcome a number of challenges whether they be social or economic. Hence, the establishment of Sharaka – a dedicated Task Force to create the correct environment to foster and facilitate PPP in the Sultanate.

The Public-Private Partnership Task Force, since its establishment, has operated on a mandate that focuses on bolstering confidence between the government and the private sector to ensure a solid common foundation is established between them that will enable both sectors to play, jointly, a pivotal role in implementing the Sultanate's development plans in a transparent equal opportunity driven atmosphere. This includes the revision of current government procedures and legislations; the enactment of new regulations to improve the business environment; and the launching of new implementable initiatives that have the private sector as a main and direct partner.

The efforts exerted to date have clarified the role of the Task Force in enhancing the partnership between the two sectors, as it adopts a philosophy that takes into account global models and experiences as well as recommendations of specialized international agencies while catering for the local needs and traditions unique to the Sultanate. The Task Force’s work builds on the current efforts undertaken by different entities across the national socio-economic eco-system, thereby allowing Sharaka to set clear and urgent objectives on what is needed to create links between PPP and improving the business environment.  Both endeavors have their various administrative, legal and social dimensions that overlap at certain points and rely on principles of transparency, openness, accountability and equal rights of stakeholders. Furthermore, the efforts exerted have resulted in determining the responsibilities of each sector to optimize the utilization of resources, enhance competitiveness, attract diversified sources of funding and revenue, expand existing projects to create new job opportunities and support economic growth.

 
The Public-Private Partnership Taskforce

Their Excellences representing the public sector:

H.E. the Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court

H.E. the Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs

H.E. the Adviser to H.M. the Sultan for Economic Planning Affairs

H.E. the Minister of Oil and Gas

H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry

H.E. the Minister of Manpower

The Private Sector Representatives (Round 1 : 2013-2015):

  • Mr. Ahmad Saleh Baaboud
  • Mr. Pankaj kanaksi Khimji
  • Mr. Hussein Bin Jawad Abdel Rassoul
  • Mrs. Hayyan Bin Ali Al Lawati
  • Eng. Khamis Mubarak AL Kiyumi
  • Sh. Salim Ahmed AL Ghazali
  • Sh. Salim Bin Said Al Fena Al Araimi
  • Salim Bin Abdallah al Rawas
  • Ms. Sahar Saad AL Kaabi
  • Sh. Salman Abdullah AL Araimi
  • Eng. Saleh Mohammed AL Shanfari
  • Mr. Tariq Abdulhafith AL Ajaili
  • Mr. Amer Hamed AL Sulimani
  • Sh. AbdullSalam Salim AL Khalili 
  • Sh. Abdulaziz Ahmed AL Hosni
  • Ms. Kamla Ali AL Awfi
  • Eng. Mohammed Ahmed AL Daib
  • Mustafa Ahmed Al Lawati
  • Mr. Maqbool Humaid AL Saleh
  • Mr. Maqbool Ali Salman
  • Dr. Mansoor Talib AL Zakwani
  • Mr. Najim Mohammed AL Timami
  • Sh. Nasr Amer AL Hosni
  • Mr. Hani Mohammed AL Zubair
  • Mr. Hilal Said AL Yahiai
  • Sh. Yousef Yaqub AL Harthi

The Private Sector Representatives (Round 2 : since 2016 to date)

  • Mr. Ahmed Salim AL Barami
  • Hussein Bin Jawad Abdel Rassoul
  • Hayyan Bin Ali Al Lawati
  • Sh. Khalid Ahmed Al Hussani
  • Eng. Khamis Mubarak AL Kiyumi
  • Ms. Khawla Hamoud AL Harthi
  • Sh. Salim Said Al Wahaibi
  • The Hon. Salaam Said Salim AL Shaqsi
  • Mr. Semaan Jemaan Karam
  • The Hon. Saleh Taleb AL Zakwani
  • Eng. Saleh Mohammed AL Shanfari
  • Sh. Tariq Salim AL Mashani
  • Dr. Amer Awad AL Rawas
  • Eng. Abdullrahman Awad Ba Omar
  • Mr. Abdulrazaq Ali Issa
  • Mr. Abdullah Zahran AL Balushi
  • Mr. Fahmi Said AL Hinai
  • Mr. Fawzi Hamed AL Harasi
  • Sh. Qais Salim AL Khalili
  • Mr. Qais Mohammed AL Yousef
  • The Hon. Lujaina Mohsen AL Zaabi
  • Sh. Nasr Amer AL Hosni
  • Mr. Hani Mohammed AL Zubair
  • Ms. Hind Suhail Bahwan
  • Mr. Waqas Suleiman AL Adawi
The Strategic Perspective of the Public-Private Partnership Taskforce:

In light of the importance placed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, on the private sector as an active and effective partner in the diversification and development of the national economy, and to cement that partnership, the strategic role of the taskforce has been set as follows:

“Recommending mechanisms that ensure the development and empowerment of the private sector to perform its role as an effective partner in diversifying and developing the Omani economy.”

Given the absence of a unified global understanding of PPP, the Sharaka Task Force has implemented a strategic concept for PPP that epitomizes the Royal intent behind the Task Force’s establishment, and compliments the globally agreed principles, rules and guidelines that regulate the establishment of various kinds of partnerships between the two sectors. Essentially, Oman takes on the essence of the universally understood role of PPP and stretches the traditional understanding of PPP. The resulting concept consists of two integrated and complementary components and accommodates the principle of partnership as the general orientation of the State, namely:

  • Improving the business environment and developing the enabling elements that support it with the aim of preparing the public space to support the private sector.
  • Developing the institutional and legislative frameworks for partnership projects.

The image below illustrates the scope of the two components and the role of each in complimenting the other, as set by the Task Force:

 
Improving the business environment and developing the enabling elements that support it

Establish an effective channel for dialogue, as well as a platform for launching initiatives that improve the business environment and consolidates the efforts of the two sectors in order to achieve the national objectives, in addition to expanding bridges between the two sectors so that those national objectives reflect the aspirations of the private sector and address the challenges faced by the private sector.

Developing the institutional and legislative frameworks for partnership projects

Developing the institutional and legislative framework of government projects outlined in the development plans with resources from the private sector, in order to maintain – as a bare minimum – the same level of investment within the economy and within the same fields allotted for investment.

The Public-Private Partnership Taskforce’s Modus Operandi

In light of the strategic perspective of the PPP Task Force, action is taken according to subjective principles that realize the Task Force’s vision. To that end, the Task Force studied different international experiences and pinpointed the lessons learnt as well as the best practices that were customized to the local reality. Creating a platform for dialogue between the two sectors is the foundational element upon which all targeted outcomes are based.

The Task Force has instituted a road map to achieve the desired vision and objectives according to methodical phases as follows:

Phase One
Plan and Develop the Modus Operandi
  • Study international experiences and develop a methodology of work
Phase Two
Create Common Ground and Enhance Confidence
  • Set norms
  • Identify national priorities for PPP
  • Identify the enabling framework
  • Identify Sample Potential Projects
Phase Three
Launch the Task Force’s Initiatives
  • Taskforce meetings and activities
  • Launch Taskforce initiatives
  • National Capacity Building & Development Initiatives:
    • The National CEO Program
    • The National Leadership & Competitive Program
    • The National Training Fund
  • Initiatives to Improve the business environment.
  • Initiative to develop the institutional and legislative framework for partnership projects.
  • Studies and knowledge sharing through opinion pieces.
 
Aspirations of the Public-Private Partnership Task Force

 The Task Force aspires to fulfill its mandate by continuing to build on the confidence and understanding fostered between the two sectors over the years, under the umbrella and stewardship of Sharaka, and utilize the recently established Oman Business Forum as an action-based platform to promote an improved business environment; support an attractive investment climate, and construct a robust milieu for collaboration between the public and private sectors. Supporting initiatives that lead to the successful conceptualization, execution and implementation of PPP projects in the Sultanate remains the main objective of Sharaka.