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OOC, Injaz team up to boost youth entrepreneurship
Times News Service
August 17, 2013 , 9 : 43 am GST
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Corporate leaders: The Sharikati programme was coordinated by the company’s CSR team, along with 26 staff volunteers from OOC. Photo – Supplied
: Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Injaz Oman recently hosted an exhibition by students from the Sharikati programme at its head office.
The exhibition, organised by the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) department, provided an opportunity for student project teams from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Higher College of Technology to display their business ideas and receive feedback and comments, as part of their preparation for the Injaz Oman national final competition next month.
The exhibition was officially opened by OOC CEO Ahmed Al Wahaibi in the presence of Injaz Oman CEO Sheikh Shabib Mohammed Al Maamari and other officials and staff.
The Sharikati programme was coordinated by the company's CSR team, along with 26 staff volunteers from OOC who were split among eight teams representing more than 240 students, to advise and support the development of new products and services. The programme aimed at linking the students' abilities with job requirements, along with the Sultanate's policy of ensuring social and economic development.
Sharikati, presented by volunteers from the private sector, covers government and private colleges and universities in Muscat.
Injaz volunteer advisers would be explaining management concepts, values and techniques to the participants and help them create their own projects through an interactive educational system. Commenting on the programme, Ahmed Al Wahaibi, CEO of Oman Oil Company (OOC), said, "OOC's corporate social responsibility programmes and activities reflect our commitment to developing new projects which aim to support the government's strategies to cultivate and enrich the skills of young Omanis and promote the creation of small and medium enterprises. This cooperation with Injaz Oman encourages Omani youth to start their own businesses as part of OOC's policy to promote entrepreneurship."
Shabib Al Maamari, executive director of Injaz Oman, commented: "We at Injaz Oman are very happy with the level of commitment we witnessed with Oman Oil Company volunteers. It's amazing to watch the cumulative experience of the 26 volunteers being transferred to our youth. The Sharikati programme brings one of the most successful entrepreneurship programmes in the world to Oman. Thanks to OOC management and its volunteers for their contribution."
OOC is the largest sponsor of the Sharikati programme and has signed an agreement with Injaz Oman to continue operating the programme, which is held annually with a total of 16 teams participating. These teams compete in a regional competition at the end of the year.
The programme comes as part of OOC's commitment to providing more opportunities of growth and development for young Omani entrepreneurs.
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