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Sultanate to host forum on Arab women’s role in administration
Source: main.omanobserver.om
Source Date: Monday, October 03, 2011
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Oman
Created: Oct 03, 2011

The Sultanate will host the first Arab forum under the theme 'The role of the Arab woman in the administrative development' from October 16 to 18 at Al Bustan Palace Hotel. The forum, being organised by the Public Administration Institute in collaboration with the Arab Organization for Administrative Development, will be opened by Dr Madihah bint Ahmed al Shibaniyah, Education Minister, in the presence of officials, researchers and professionals.

Shaikh Khalid bin Omar al Marhoon, Civil Service Minister and Chairman of the Public Administration Institute, said that the date for the conference coincides with the celebrations of the Omani Women's Day which falls on October 17. He expressed his appreciation for the interest and care accorded by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in this regard. He affirmed that His Majesty the Sultan promoted the Omani woman and made her experience a source of inspiration for many women in Arab countries.
During the press conference which was held at the Civil Service Ministry, he added that 'we are proud of the achievements made by His Majesty the Sultan in terms of the status of the Omani woman. This encouraged us to organise forums at the Arab level in the presence of prominent women in the administrative field in the Arab world.

He added that the aim behind organising this forum was to shed light on the experience of the Arab woman in general and the Omani woman in particular during the blessed Renaissance march. Sayyid Salim bin Musallam al Busaidy, Under-Secretary of the Civil Service Ministry for the Administrative Development Affairs, Deputy
Chairman of the Public Administration Institute, said that the forum seeks to launch systematic efforts to study and analyse the role of Omani women in the administrative development and contribute to crystallising positive visions about her role in the administrative development and the mechanisms to activate her capabilities in developing the Arab administration.

He said the conference will focus on the opportunities, potentials and the pioneering role of the Arab woman in participating actively in the administrative development efforts, developing the Arab institution, presenting the Arab and world experiences where woman excelled in the different fields of administrative development.

He cited a number of prominent women from ministries, governmental departments, private sector, members of parliaments and people's councils, women and civil society organisations, administration institutes and teaching staff at the Colleges of Public Administration, Business Administration and Law. Dr Sulaiman bin Hilal al Alawi, Director-General of the Public Administration Institute, said that the main themes that will be covered by the forum are the prospective integration of the role of the Islamic woman in administrative development, the objective and systematic evaluation of the challenges before woman ins contributing to administrative development, the visions and mechanisms for activating the role of woman in administrative development.
He said the forum will also cover the opportunities for woman in contributing to administrative development and will also review a number of world and Arab experiences in the field of women contributing to administrative development. The three-day forum will discuss 25 working papers including four papers by participants from Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and 21 working papers by participants from the Sultanate.
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