(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) has requested the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) to reduce the period of visa ban on cleaners and construction workers, saying that the decision will discourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The decision says that no visas will be issued to these workers for six months from November 1.
''The ban is going to affect SMEs. Through the services committee which met on Tuesday, I suggested to MoM that it reconsider or at least reduce the period to as much as possible,'' Redha al Saleh, head of OCCI's services committee, told Muscat Daily.
''MoM said it wanted six months to reorganise rules and regulations for SMEs, but by doing so, it is only discouraging them,'' he added.
Muscat Daily had on Tuesday reported that the decision was met with mixed response with some expressing concern for the country's economy while others saying that there won't be much impact, at least in the immediate future.
Saleh however, felt it would negatively impact SME development. ''On one hand, SMEs are being encouraged but on the other, authorities concerned do not want to give them a chance to improve and expand.''
Besides the MoM decision, the services committee also discussed preparations for the Private Schools' Reality Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges to be held on November 11 under the auspices of H E Sheikh Dr Al Khatab bin Ghalib al Hinai, chairman of the State Council's education committee.
The symposium aims to make private schools learn from international experiences and take their levels to meet global standards