Temporary plans to issue work permits for expats in Oman

An image of Oman's Muscat port. (Shutterstock)
Updated 05 June 2018
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Temporary plans to issue work permits for expats in Oman

DUBAI: The Omani government is working on issuing temporary employment permits to expats in the country for specific jobs, local daily Times of Oman reported.
According to Oman’s Implementation Support and Follow-up Unit’s annual report, the specific jobs to be allocated temporary expat work visas include medical, academic, technical, consultancy, expertise and training.
“The long-term objective of the initiative is to unlock flexible movement of expats to help private enterprise in need of additional staff. After an amendment to the new law, a company can move an expat worker to a group company for a period of three months after notifying the Ministry of Manpower,” the report said.


US won’t send officials to China’s Belt and Road Forum

Updated 24 April 2019
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US won’t send officials to China’s Belt and Road Forum

  • Leaders from 37 countries and officials from dozens more are expected to attend the Belt and Road Forum from Thursday to Saturday
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists at a briefing last week that US diplomats, state government representatives and members of the business community would be attending the forum

BEIJING: Washington will not send officials to a Beijing summit on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature global infrastructure project, the US embassy said Wednesday amid a raft of disputes between the two powers.
Leaders from 37 countries and officials from dozens more are expected to attend the Belt and Road Forum from Thursday to Saturday, but Washington has dismissed the initiative as a “vanity project.”
“The United States has no plans to send officials from Washington to the Belt and Road Forum,” a US embassy spokesperson told AFP in an email.
“We call upon all countries to ensure that their economic diplomacy initiatives adhere to internationally-accepted norms and standards, promote sustainable, inclusive development, and advance good governance and strong economic institutions,” the spokesperson said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists at a briefing last week that American diplomats, state government representatives and members of the business community will be attending the forum.
At the first Belt and Road summit in 2017, the US was represented by White House adviser Matt Pottinger.
Since then, more countries have signed up to Belt and Road, most notably Italy, which became the first G7 nation to join the global scheme that aims to link Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects.