Muscat: Oman held a signing ceremony to launch its new cycle of social investment programmes for 2023/2024. The event was under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Mona Fahad Mahmoud Al Said, assistant vice chancellor at Sultan Qaboos University.
The new programmes support Oman’s 2040 vision of economic diversification, enhancing education, and preserving the environment. They also align with bp’s sustainability aims of improving people’s lives and caring for our planet.
Yousuf Al Ojaili, bp Oman president, said, “The signing ceremony marked a pledge to align our efforts with Oman’s 2040 vision to help create a healthier environment for our people and planet, and our new programmes exemplify that.”
The first programme announced is the sixth cycle of the ‘Marefa Programme’ which will be delivered by the Children’s Public Library. The programme aims to provide educational workshops to children and parents on innovation and technology, society and culture, health, safety, environment, and entrepreneurship.
Dar Al Atta'a will be delivering two programmes with a focus on improving people’s lives, in line with bp’s sustainability frame. The first programme will design and supply a solar energy system for 36 houses in the Hay Al Atta neighbourhood. The second programme aims to provide a wastewater treatment system for the houses in the same location.
Outward Bound Oman will deliver the ‘Sustainable Future’ programme which aims to offer a soft skills course to higher education students across Oman around climate change and energy efficiency.
Youth Sada will be delivering the fourth cycle of the ‘Habbah’ programme which aims to equip SMEs with skills in business management. In addition, the fifth cycle of ‘Youth Sada Center’ will offer training spaces for youth to collaborate and innovate in the Al Dhahirah governorate.
The final programme announced was the sixth cycle of ‘Khazzan for SME’, which will be delivered by Sharakah. It aims to advance the performance of local SMEs and help them become sustainable in the long term.
Ibrahim Al Hinai, social investment manager at bp Oman, Kuwait and Qatar, commented: “We are thrilled to collaborate with our new social investment partners, and we would like to thank the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, OQ, PTTEP, Petronas, our joint venture partners at Block 61 for their continuous support.”
Destination Sustainability will be the implementing partner for the new cycle of bp’s social investment programmes.