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Council of Ministers / Statement.

Muscat, Feb 7 (ONA)--- The Council of Minister today issued a statement on results of its meetings during January 2012. The Statement reads as follows: The Statement of the Council of Ministers on Results of its Meetings during January 2012 In continuation of the approach adopted by the Government to implement the Royal Orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Council of Ministers, during January, studied a number of topics listed on the agenda and took a number of decisions towards them. The topics discussed by the Council are as follows: The Council of Ministers formed a committee that comprises a number of ministers. The committee will be responsible for preparing coordination meetings between the Council of Ministers, the State Council and the Majlis A'Shura and exchange views on a number of issues that serve the public interest. The Council of Ministers also approved a request by the Majlis A'Shura to host the Education Minister to give a speech before the Majlis A'Shura during next April. The request comes within the desire of the Majlis A'Shura to host a number of governmental officials to take part at the discussions made by the Majlis on some topics. The approval has been given on this request and on providing the data and information required. In a bid to achieve the maximum economic benefit from the agriculture sector through attaching interest in the production and marketing aspects, which play an important role in continuous development of the sector, providing consumers with new products, creating new job opportunities, increasing the level of income for rural villages, lowering prices for consumers and increasing the gains for producers, the Council of Ministers has agreed to take a number of procedures including the establishment of a specialized unit for agricultural marketing at the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry. The approval has been given for a study by the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, the Commerce and Industry Ministry and Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) on establishing an institution for the purchase and marketing of Omani dates and allocating an annual occasion to mark the date palm tree products. Stemming from the government's keenness to facilitate procedures and ensure smooth processing of citizens' transactions, the Council of Ministers stressed the importance that the governmental departments should take necessary measures to expedite and simplify provision of governmental services for citizens either by activating the customer service departments or the departments concerned with the provision of these services and the expansion in the provision of electronic services, opening news windows for services, which the governmental departments believe that they may be rendered at commercial complexes in particular or the public places in general. On the other hand, the Council of Ministers hailed the efforts being exerted by respective departments in the government to provide job opportunities for jobseekers at different sectors and fields in continuation of the policies for the support of human resources and qualifying them for the work market. The Council of Ministers also stressed the importance of quick implementation of the decision related to transferring Al Wafa Social Centers to governmental centers and approving the budget that meets needs of these centers. The Council also stressed the importance of developing mechanisms to support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to enable them to play their roles. --

As for the construction of the Medical City, the Council of Ministers has completed several relevant steps. The city includes high quality facilities for all fields of medical specializations that require high level of specialized healthcare for citizens. It was agreed that the Ministry of Health recruits a consultant to put an integrated layout for the Medical City that highlights the necessary projects and services. The Council of Ministers agreed that the Sultanate, represented by the Capital Market Authority (CMA), joins membership of the Islamic Financial Services Board. The step will give the Sultanate the opportunity to obtain the technology in this regard, communication and cooperation with relevant organizations and to develop standards for the stability and security of financial and monetary systems. The Council agreed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and in collaboration with an international specialized company utilizes Finer fish for six months during which assessing the economic feasibility of utilizing this type of fish in the Sultanate along with the impact of this utilization on marine environment. Finer fish is famous for high level of protein, which is used in manufacturing of fish powder and oils. This type of industries assists in the development and growth of fish farming sector, as fish powder is used in feeding cultivated fish as food represents 60-70% of the production cost. Within the framework of growing attention to protect the Sultanate against all harmful nuclear radiations, the Council of Ministers discussed the efficiency of radiation monitoring stations in the country and the importance of developing these stations to achieve the goals of their construction. The Council instructed for the activation of these stations and the construction of new ones. The Council also instructed the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs to coordinate with the Royal Oman Police (ROP) to provide radiation monitoring equipment at ports and airports. The Council of Ministers discussed means of developing a national-wide plan to address drug epidemic that overspreading the whole world. The Council decided to form a national committee for combating drugs and psychotropic substances, which is responsible for setting up an integrated plan and mechanisms starting from smuggling these drugs and ending with the treatment of drug victims and rehabilitating them to go back to normal life. The Council of Ministers also discussed the Sultanate's membership at the "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing". This agreement also enables developing countries to meet their commitments through providing appropriate assistance and acquiring technology and necessary equipment for surveillance, monitoring and supervision. The agreement will be referred to the Majlis A'Shura. A number of other laws and topics will be also referred to the Majlis A'Shura as stipulated by the Basic Law of the State. --- Ends/ MS/ MN/ KH

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