This has been pointed out in a report submitted by H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications to the Majlis A’Shura.
Majlis A’Shura on Sunday discussed the statement by H E Dr Futaisi, who presented the ministry’s statement in the course of the 11th typical session of the third annual sitting (2017–18) of the eighth term (2015–19) beneath the chair of Khalid bin Hilal al Ma’awali, chairman of Majlis A’Shura.
The statement by H E Dr Futaisi discussed numerous elements of transport and communications in the sultanate, such as logistics, transport, aviation, ports and maritime affairs, telecommunications and post, and Oman Rail.
The statement also discussed themes connected to following up on the implementation of projects, updating infrastructure for the sectors, financing them and setting up investments at such sectors, as effectively as the locations of institutional improvement.
In its initial concentrate, the statement addressed the logistics sector, which is becoming relied on to drive the financial diversification as it hyperlinks other sectors and as its good results enhances the durability and sustainability of the sultanate’s economy. This trend illustrates the government’s efforts represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) to formulate the national logistics technique 2040 and establish the Oman Logistics Centre to oversee the implementation of the technique and the establishment of the Oman Global Logistics Group (ASYAD) in June 2016 and the Oman Aviation Group in June 2017.
Further, the statement referred to the conclusion of the logistics sector lab inside the National Programme for Enhancing Economic Diversification (Tanfeedh). The laboratory made 16 initiatives assigned to MoTC with the aim of escalating the contribution of the sector to the GDP to about RO2bn, as effectively as develop 80,000 jobs in the logistics sector by 2020.
The second theme of the statement discussed the road projects implemented by the ministry.
The length of the asphalt road network, which was supervised by the ministry till the finish of 2017, reached 14,840km whilst the length of the unpaved roads reached 17,281km.
The statement pointed out that the ministry attaches fantastic value to the top quality management method and the road management method, which contributes to the improvement of the national economy by saving the expense of road customers, such as fuel consumption, car upkeep and time element, as effectively as lowering the expense of upkeep of the present unpaved road network right after converting them to asphalt roads.
The third theme focused on the ports and maritime affairs sector.
The ministry aims to attain a quantity of objectives in the course of the Ninth Five-Year Plan (2016-20). The most crucial of these are the expansion of the sea ports via the improvement and improvement of gear, the establishment and deepening of berths, the introduction of the essential simple solutions, and studying future avenues of maritime transport, in addition to enhancing investment at free of charge zones.
The fourth theme reviewed the common attributes of the airport projects and the price of completion of the operates.
The ministry began to rebuild the infrastructure of airports in the sultanate, which incorporated the establishment of the Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport, as effectively as regional airports in Ras al Hadd, Duqm and Sohar.
H E Dr Futaisi pointed out that the penetration price of mobile solutions reached 155.87 per cent at the population level, with a prevalence of 7,136,173mn subscribers, fixed telecommunications to about 82.99 per cent in the housing level.
The penetration price of mobile broadband service was also higher (3G and above) 95 per cent of the total population whilst the percentage of broadband via fibre optic reached 22 per cent in numerous governorates of the sultanate. Forty-4 per cent of the total housing was covered in the Governorate of Muscat alone. The quantity of customers of the fibre optic network supplied by Oman Broadband Company reached 40,000 active customers.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications stated that Oman Railway is presently studying the organizing and improvement of a nearby railway identified as the ‘Metal Line’.
Information Source: Muscat Daily