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Oman plans to double jobs in logistics by 2020 to 80,000 jobs
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Muscat: Oman plans to more than double employment in the logistics sector to 80,000 jobs by the end of the decade, rising to 300,000 by 2040.

Increased investments and a targeted approach to joining Oman’s logistics chain will boost the Sultanate’s capacity to move its domestic and export cargo, as well as strengthen its credentials as a major freight trans-shipment hub.

Oman’s newly released blueprint for the logistics industry, the Sultanate of Oman Logistics Strategy (SOLS) 2040, outlines plans to improve the country’s soft infrastructure, in particular the regulatory environment, support mechanisms and institutions, in addition to maintaining the country’s commitment to investment in hard infrastructure like roads, rail lines and ports.

The key to the strategy is Oman’s location at the head of the Indian Ocean.

In addition to sharing land borders with other major economies in the region, which allows it to serve as a gateway to the GCC region, Oman is also well placed to capitalise on anticipated growth in Iran and act as a redistribution point for east and central Africa.

Thanks to investment in transport infrastructure, the deepwater ports at Salalah, Sohar and Duqm and their accompanying free zones are well positioned to serve these markets. Recent investments in aviation links should also facilitate trade, with the new Salalah Airport now operational and the revamped Muscat International Airport scheduled to open next year.

According to SOLS, cargo routed through Oman’s ports to the rest of the GCC could benefit from significant time and cost savings, eliminating the need for multiple trans-shipments. The Sultanate’s logistics strategy targets improvements in handling shipments, with a particular focus on efficiency and cost.

Terminals in Oman could offer an attractive alternative to more costly ports of call in the Gulf, saving time and fuel, and providing access to other modes of transport.
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