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Raising Oman's global profile
The Sultanate of Oman celebrates National Day on the 18th of November. This historic date marks a major turning point in the life of Omani citizens - the beginning of a modern renaissance under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who launched a comprehensive strategy 46 years ago to establish a prosperous present and a promising future.
The year 2016 is an important one in the Omani development track. The Sultanate intends to safeguard achievements made in accordance with Vision 2020 objectives. These involve providing jobs for Omani youths and focusing efforts on social solidarity through education, training, health and human resources development. They also include economic diversification through the development of promising sectors: converting industries, logistics services, transport, tourism, fisheries and mining.
Following the drop in oil prices and its impact on the country's budget, the Sultanate adopted a host of measures to guarantee the soundness of the state's financial position. It capitalised on enhancing economic growth by continuing developmental projects of economic and social priority and by helping to provide an encouraging environment for private sector investments.
This year, the Sultanate launched the Oman Tourism Strategy (2016-2020) to make Oman one of the most visited tourism destinations by 2040. Its target is to draw 11 million international tourists and local visitors.
Over the years, Sultan Qaboos has shaped the Omani foreign policy in accordance with principles founded on consistency, balance, clarity and rationality in establishing relations with countries of the world and in tackling various regional and international issues.
The Sultanate has been enhancing efforts for peace and supporting peaceful initiatives in various regional disputes. It has been working towards a rapprochement so that these issues could be resolved. Such a resolution would guarantee the intactness of the nations involved and the interests of their peoples on the basis of participation, justice and equality.
Oman's reputation in serving world peace, harmony and fraternity is a source of pride.
The Sultanate of Oman enjoys cordial and friendly relations with the Republic of Singapore. Both governments work to enhance the existing relations and cooperation in various areas. These include trade, tourism, education, infrastructure development, and technology as well as cultural exchanges.
Both governments believe in the importance of people-to-people relationships for achieving strong bilateral ties between Oman and Singapore. Now that we have direct flights on Oman Air between Muscat and Singapore, I hope the relations between both countries will be enhanced further.