Oman sends IT recruits to India

Dozens more Omanis will be sent to India for training in computer programming, the Sultanate’s ministry of manpower has announced. The training is part of ongoing efforts to match local skills to IT jobs.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  September 30, 2003

Dozens more Omanis will be sent to India for training in computer programming, the Sultanate’s ministry of manpower has announced. The training is part of ongoing efforts to match local skills to IT jobs.

Juma bin Ali bin Juma, of the minister of manpower, says “a significant number” of Omanis will be sent for training in addition to around 100 Omanis who are already undergoing similar Indian programming courses.

Juma says the Omanisation efforts pertaining to the IT industry are progressing well. He says the Committee for Omanisation is looking to the tech sector to provide more jobs for Omanis.

“There is a percentage fixed for this sector each year to train Omanis through institutes. We have already Omanis being trained in computer programming in India,” he adds.

Juma, however, did not divulge details of the proposed programme. Meanwhile, leaders speaking at the ninth AGCC Industrialists’ Conference in Oman have also stressed the need for the Arab world to focus more on the IT industry or e-industries, which they said are strategic industries to ensure ongoing economic security.

Mohammed Mrayati, regional consultant of science and technology at the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, told the participants at the conference yesterday that e-industries accounted for a large proportion of the global economy as they represented the largest services production sector.

He mentioned that overall revenues of these industries in advanced countries ranged between 7% and 13% of the total economic revenues.

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