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TBY launches The Business Year: Oman 2015

Oman, February 17, 2015—The Business Year (TBY) is pleased to announce the launch of the second edition of The Business Year: Oman 2015, on February 18 in Muscat, Oman. This research is focused on the business and investment landscape in Oman. It features 177 interviews with major policy makers and business leaders with in-depth analysis of the major sectors of the economy. The Business Year: Oman 2015 was produced in close collaboration with Ithraa throughout the duration of the project.

At the launch, the keynote speeches were given by HE Dr. Ali Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce & Industry, followed by His Highness Sayyid Faisal Al Said, Director General of Marketing & Media, Ithraa, and Leland Rice, Managing Editor of TBY. Following these keynote addresses, TBY Managing Editor Leland Rice moderated a panel discussion centered on Oman’s diversification plans, entailing discussions on key growth areas, strategic projects, and the role of the private sector in achieving national objectives.

The panel discussion participants included Eng. Wael Al Lawati, CEO of OMRAN, Lloyd Maddock, CEO of Ahli Bank, Gert Hoefman, CEO of Oman Cables Industry, and Sheikh Khalil Al Salmi, Deputy CEO of Oman Drydock Company.

The publication, The Business Year: Oman 2015, includes insights from leading political and business figures to deliver accurate information, objective analysis, and strategic advice on the main economic trends in the Sultanate of Oman. Ithraa partnered with TBY in data collection, research, and sector analysis for the 2015 edition. The publication will reach over 97,000 subscribers worldwide in addition to widely circulated digital versions available via iPad, iPhone, and Android applications.

The interviews are structured around chapters covering the main sectors of the economy: diplomacy and politics, economy, finance, energy, industry and mining, ICT, transport, real estate and construction, agriculture, health and education, and tourism. TBY’s research articles provide the reader with vital facts and figures—at both the macroeconomic and microeconomic levels—highlighting specific projects, investments, and opportunities.

The following guest speakers were included in The Business Year:Oman 2015: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; President of South Africa, HE Jacob Zuma; Former King of Spain, HRH Juan Carlos I; UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Livingston; Minister of State Development, Trade Promotion, and North-South Cooperation of Ireland, HE Sean Sherlock; Prime Minister of Bangladesh, HE Sheikh Hasina; Senior Minister of State, Minister of Home Affairs, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore; HE Masago Zulkifli; Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and European Affairs of Belgium, HE Didier Reynders; and HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium.

The publication concludes with an executive guide, with Deloitte providing an accountancy framework for foreign companies interested in expanding their businesses into the Omani market.