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Thursday, December 18, 2014  

HM to preside over Royal horse race festival today
MUSCAT His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said will preside over the Annual Royal Horse Race Festival, organised by the Royal Court Affairs (RCA), represented by the Royal Cavalry, at Madinat Al A’diyat Race Course in the Wilayat of Seeb on Tuesday.

The festival will be attended by several Their Highnesses, chairmen of the State and Shura Councils, ministers, advisers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), Royal Oman Police (ROP), members of the State and Shura Councils, undersecretaries, heads of the diplomatic missions to the Sultanate, members of the judicial authority and senior military and civil officers.

His Majesty has issued a Royal Order to allocate 15 million rials to raise efficiency and improve service at the tourist sites in the Governorate of Dhofar, the Supreme Council for Planning announced on Monday. This will serve the visitors to Dhofar during the Khareef season. The programme will be implemented from 2013,

The Supreme Council for Planning held its third meeting for 2012 under the chair of HE Eng. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning.

The Council approved a strategic plan for fisheries sector development (2013-2020) submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The plan gives priority to production projects, marketing-support projects and the artisanal fishing sector. The funding for these projects will be finalised after studies.

The Council okayed proposals to set up a fishing company in the Governorate of Al Wusta and an aquaculture company in a location determined by the technical studies. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will prepare a feasibility study for setting up these companies.

The Council was briefed on the progress of work in the consultancy study to develop a comprehensive strategy for economic development in the Governorate of Musandam carried out by 38 consulting companies.

It was also briefed on the steps that have been taken for a study on the comprehensive strategy for economic development in the North and South Al Batinah Governorates, whose tenders are expected to be bid by the end of March 2013.

The Council approved the use of diesel fuel for train with a speed of 200km per hour. The Ministry of Transport and Communications will complete the detailed studies for the train project for public tender. It okayed the second human development report of the Sultanate.

The report included the current situation and proposals for the future.

The council reviewed applications for accreditation for development projects and took decisions.

In the six-round annual horse race, five rounds will be held for pure Arabian horses and one for thoroughbreds.

Oman News Agency
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