General Wesley Clark to receive 2015 C3 US-Arab Business Summit’s highest award

Updated 17 October 2015
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General Wesley Clark to receive 2015 C3 US-Arab Business Summit’s highest award

General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) will deliver the 2015 C3 US-Arab Business Summit keynote address on Monday (Oct. 19) at the Union League Club in New York City.
General Clark will receive the summit’s highest award in recognition of his distinguished public service as a decorated military leader, his efforts to educate on major global issues, and his commitment to American business success.
Held in New York City and Riyadh each year, C3 summits are the fastest growing and most important interdisciplinary global conferences for senior business and health care professionals in the US-Arab world.
C3 focuses on the most important aspects of relations between the United States and Arab World — community, collaboration, and commerce.
The keynote panel will be from the C3 summit partners with the US State Department, dozens of government and business leaders, the US Chamber of Commerce, organizations such as XS Conferences and Exhibitions and L-3 Communications.
The theme of the summit is "Smart cities, cyber Security and bilateral prosperity."
General Clark serves as chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a consulting firm. He is co-chairman of growth energy, senior Fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, adviser at the Blackstone Group, trustee of International Crisis Group, founding chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock, and chairman of Enverra Inc., a banking and strategic advisory firm.
General Clark, who has authored four books, is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative's energy and climate change advisory board, and is director of the Atlantic Council.
In his last assignment as supreme allied commander Europe, he led NATO forces to victory.
“We are honored to host General Clark at this year’s summit and humbled to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to him,” said Ransel Potter, founder and MD, C3 International.


More than 64,000 Omani jobs created after expat visa ban

Updated 23 min ago
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More than 64,000 Omani jobs created after expat visa ban

  • Omanization program has created more than 64,000 jobs for Omanis last year
  • Gulf countries have been historically dependent on expatriate workers to power their economies

DUBAI: Oman’s efforts to provide employment opportunities for its citizens both in the private and public sectors have resulted in the creation of more than 64,000 localized jobs last year.
These positions became available to Omanis after the country’s Ministry of Manpower implemented a visa ban on expatriate workers involved in 87 professions including information systems, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, administration, human resources and insurance.
The visa ban, implemented at the end of January last year, resulted in the hiring of 64,386 Omanis in private sector companies and establishments and 4,125 more in government agencies, a Times of Oman report said.
Gulf countries have been historically dependent on expatriate workers to power their economies; with a 2013 study indicating as much as 71 percent of Oman’s labor force are non-nationals. In Qatar, expatriate workforce was as high as 95 percent while in the UAE it was 94 percent; 83 percent in Kuwait; 64 percent in Bahrain and 49 percent in Saudi Arabia.
The Gulf states have since launched job nationalization programs to absorb more of their citizens into the labor force, as well as address high levels of unemployment.
Between December 2018 and November last year, a total of 60,807 expatriate workers have left Oman’s labor force or an equivalent 3.6 percent reduction in their numbers, which now stands at 1,734,882.