Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has issued royal orders to set up the main committee for Oman Vision 2040 under the chair of Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.
The main committee will develop, crystallize and very carefully and accurately draft the Vision document, while ensuring community-wide agreement and involvement.
In order for it to be used as a basic reference and manual for planning during the next two decades, Oman Vision 2040, while being comprehensive as far as the current social and economic status is concerned, should address the future in an objective manner.
The Supreme Council for Planning on Sunday held its fourth meeting of the year, under the chair of Dr. Ali bin Masud al-Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning. The members of the Council were in attendance.
The Council discussed the procedures adopted by the Ministry of Housing to implement the decisions taken by the Council at its second meeting in 2013 about changing the agricultural use of the land along the existing Al Batinah main road. The change should be limited only to the inhabited areas and stretching only 45 metres from the frontal borders of the lands. The scope of land use in the North and South Al Batinah should also be indicated.
The Council also discussed the outcome of the study conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, based on the decision taken by the Council to delegate the Ministry with the task of conducting a study on the parts of North and East of the Al Batinah public road (from the Al Batinah public road to the sea) and decide the fate of the agricultural land affected due to salinity, in which case land use change can be permitted.
The Council also discussed the executive plans for any emergency at the ports and economic zones. It approved the recommendations of the committee comprising the emergency response plan (ERP) in the Sohar Industrial Port (SIP). The plan should be disseminated to all ports and economic zones in the Sultanate. The Council also approved the general layout for the development of Shinas Port to support the economic activities. The implementation will be in stages.
In the field of future logistics services, the Council delegated the Ministry of Transport and Communications with the task of coordination with the Secretariat General of the Supreme Council of Planning to prepare a plan for a national strategy for the logistics services until 2040.
This strategy will take into consideration the competitive abilities for ports, airports and logistics zone project in the South Al Batinah Governorate.
The Council also disused the applications to approve a number of development projects in a number of wilayats and to take appropriate decisions in such cases. The Council discussed the proposed executive plan for Nizwa / Thumrait (Adam-Thumrait) dual carriageway project which will be implemented in stages.