Muscat: Dedication and professionalism at work is the need of the hour to ensure success, said Dr Mohammed Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, at the third meeting of the Achievement Lunch & Learn series held here Tuesday. He stressed that "one of the things missing in many people is dedication and professionalism."
Sharing his thoughts and experiences, Al Rumhy, who has been holding the minister's post for the past 16 years, pointed out that commitment and perseverance are the keys to success. The Achievement Lunch & Learn series was attended by top executives from diverse industries in the Sultanate, and the minister participated in an interactive session. The objective of the series was to have attendees learn from the experiences of their peers, achievers and leaders.
Advising people, Al Rumhy said, "To work in an organisation is not a God-given right. It is a responsibility. I think we are lucky to be doing what we are doing. I don't share the view of those who say they have given their lives to an organisation. We are lucky to be able to contribute to an organisation. Let us not exaggerate our role in whatever we do."
He added, "There is no job that is too small; there is no job that is too big, and no one's work is too important for any organisation. I could die or be sick tomorrow, but the Ministry of Oil and Gas will continue. Oil will be produced and refineries will be built with or without me or any other individual."
Al Rumhy noted that the country may run out of oil, gas, fish, and soil, but "we will not run out of people. The real challenge for us is to be able to move from where we are. We have to completely change the way we behave."
On where Omanis should look for inspiration in being able to execute, Al Rumhy said, "What has inspired me is 'problems.' You often see that people with challenges are inspired, more so than people without them.
"What has been our greatest problem is the lack of challenges."
He was certain that the new phase the country is undergoing will inspire everyone to excel.
Al Rumhy stated, "Until now, we have lived a beautiful life. Let us look forward to seeing our problems, and that will inspire us to move forward. People are talking about real problems. Gone are the days when we discussed only good things."
Regarding what he thinks are the three biggest problems faced by the country that require focus, he asserted, "One is the development of people, second is energy (we need a comprehensive plan) and understand the importance of diversification."
On what makes Oman an attractive option in the oil and gas sector, he said it was the "element of transparency and efficiency."
The minister urged the media to conduct research before filing stories. He was also critical of state auditors, whom he felt were similar to investigators.