Tue, 27 November 2012
MUSCAT — The Muscat American Business Council (MABC) and the US Embassy in Oman recently hosted a “Send- Off” in honour of Oman’s delegation to the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held in Dubai on December 11 – 12, 2012.
Addressing a gathering of government officials, young entrepreneurs, civil society members and other stakeholders, Ali K Daud, MABC’s president, and the US ambassador Greta Holtz, underlined the importance of fostering entrepreneurship in Oman and the region.
Ali Daud, a veteran of the 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Washington as well as the 2011 GES in Istanbul, said: ”The objective of the GES is to bring together all stakeholders who complete the ‘Ecosystem’ that is needed to create a thriving Entrepreneurship culture in a society.
That’s why we decided to invite a delegation from Oman consisting of all the local stakeholders. The summit is the platform where stakeholders from around the world share their successes, failures and learnings.”
Ali Daud also emphasised, ”Because of its content, a summit like this is a great source of expertise and ‘Best Practices’ and an ongoing resource as we try to build our own Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”. He added, ”The summit also celebrates the successes and importance of when government policy, academia, private sector, NGOs and financiers work together in a coordinated manner towards the same goal. This is highlighted by having real life examples from around the world and mostly from around the Muslim world.”
Salah al Ma’awali, Director General of SME Development at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, who was the guest of honour said: ”We will do our best to invite various high ranking government officials to this Summit, for its obvious benefits. We think such an exposure can be very valuable.
We thank MABC for their continued efforts to support the national agenda.”
The US Embassy’s Economic & Commercial Officer, Emily Shaffer, then presented several young Omani entrepreneurs who had been selected to attend the GES with sponsorship support from MABC and member companies, McDonald’s and Bank Muscat Private Banking.
The young entrepreneurs in attendance included Batool Ali Redha al Abduwani of Apple Green School, specialty paper products inventor Mustafa Abdullah Barami, Rania al Khusaibi of K’s Café, Salma al Hajri of Salma’s Chocolates, and Saba al Busaidi of Knowledge Engineering Consultancy.