Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) today (Monday, 30 May) gave presentations on its efforts to support the Sultanate’s economy, drive efficiency and create job opportunities for Omanis to senior officials from the Diwan of the Royal Court.
The high-level delegation of 34 included advisers His Highness Sayyid Taloot bin Said Al Said and His Excellency Hussain bin Ali Al Abdulatif, and His Excellency Talib bin Hilal Al Hosni, General Secretary of the Diwan of the Royal Court.
During the one-day intellectual session at its Mina Al Fahal headquarters, the Company outlined how it was maintaining stable production while implementing rigorous cost control measures to combat the current low oil price environment.
PDO External Affairs and Value Creation Director Abdul-Amir Abdul-Hussein Al Ajmi also communicated how the Company was working with its contractors to provide thousands of job, training and opportunities for Omanis while also offering community support through social investment projects.
There were other presentations from PDO’s Human Resources team on recruitment, leadership programmes, capability building and professional and behavioural development.
Speaking on behalf of the Diwan of the Royal Court, Dr Khamis Al Tobi, Director General of Administration Development and Acting Director General of its Institute of Capability Development, said: “We are very appreciative of PDO’s kind hosting of our delegation and admire the sustained commitment the organisation has demonstrated over many years towards the Sultanate’s economy by role modelling business efficiency and agility, and its bold investments in capability development.”
Al Ajmi said: “We were honoured to host such eminent visitors from the Diwan of the Royal Court and share more detail about PDO’s important role in Oman’s economy and society, as well as how we responding positively and dynamically to the present economic difficulties.
“Our guests were gratified by the hard work our staff are doing to rigorously control expenditure, pursue greater efficiency across all aspects of our business and invest in Omani talent, businesses and communities to ensure sustainable development.
“It is important that we engage with our stakeholders and transparently communicate our activities and receive feedback from them as this helps us to respond to any concerns and continuously improve our performance.”
The Diwan of the Royal Court’s visit is the latest in an extensive programme of engagement by PDO with a range of its key stakeholders. This year, the State Council and Majlis A’Shura have made official visits; and in 2015, the Council of Ministers, led by Deputy Prime Minister His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, made a first-ever visit to PDO, followed by a delegation of ministerial undersecretaries and senior officials.