Stage set for AN INTENSIVE OER debate
OER Debate and Top 20
Awards will see more than 200 business leaders debating
about the way ahead for Oman’s economy
Economic Review (OER) in association with Capital Market
Authority will hold the annual OER Debate titled “The Way
Ahead – Road to Vision 2020” at the Muscat Securities Market
on October 25. The forum will be organised under the
patronage of HE Yahya Al Jabri, Executive President, Capital
Market Authority. Bank Sohar, a leader in the finance
sector, will be one of the official sponsors of the event.
Over 200 movers and shakers from Oman’s corporate sector,
all innovators in their profession, will be attending the
event. Nima Abu Wardeh, presenter of BBC’s Middle East
Business Report (MEBR) will moderate the debate.
As part of the proceedings, the OER Top 20 companies in Oman
will be recognised with awards for innovation and leadership
in their field.
“This year’s conference has evolved into an integrated
business symposium which encompasses the key themes that
form the business environment of today and tomorrow,” says
Sandeep Sehgal, Chief Executive, United Media Services.
“Carrying the theme of ‘The way ahead – Road to Vision
2020,’ the forum’s discussions are expected to be dominated
by the prevailing socio-economic challenges facing the
country,” he adds.
The OER Debate is a unique platform where influential
individuals will share stories of best practices, effective
business case-studies and, most importantly, attributes of
true leadership. The event not only covers globalisation and
economics, human capital, motivation and diplomacy but also
has a strong focus on the future through the idea of a new
age of leadership in a changing business landscape, and
economic trends indicating a slowdown in major world
markets. In addition, the diverse speaker lineup will share
key insights into the way businesses in the new age have to
show responsibility to their social environment.
The 2010 OER Debate and Top 20 Awards, which is into its
second edition, follows the successful maiden debate held in
May 2009. The first edition, which discussed the state of
Oman’s economy in the midst of the global financial crisis,
was well received by the audience as the participants in the
debate, which included HE Maqbool bin Ali Sultan, Minister
of Commerce and Industry, inspired confidence that the
Sultanate’s financial fundamentals are on the right track.
Wardeh, the moderator for the 2010 OER Debate and Top 20
Awards, is a bilingual English Arabic broadcast journalist
specialising in Arab issues and presents the BBC World’s
weekly business and finance programme, the MEBR and was part
of the team that set up the programme. She has reported,
produced and presented programmes for Al Jazeera and Dubai’s
Business Channel as well as BBC World. Before joining MEBR,
Nima was a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Four Corners
addressing Arab issues, and a guest on BBC World’s Dateline
London as a regional expert.
Wardeh is regarded as an opinion leader and in this capacity
is approached by think-tanks, the corporate world and
government organisations for her insight. She is also
invited to give talks as well as to participate in
off-the-record discussions about the region.
This year’s OER Debate will
consist of four questions:
Are we out of the woods?
Is this the new normal?
Are the government and the private sector working at cross
Is enough being done to achieve Vision 2020?