• Legal Framework

    In-depth coverage of the local legal framework for business is an integral part of OBG’s analysis. Working in partnership with a leading local law firm, we review foreign investment laws, ownership restrictions, requirements for local partners and labour laws, among other topics.
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Oman’s five-year plans have emphasised the significance of diversification and privatisation. Recently, the government launched the Tanfeedh programme to achieve these goals, as documented in its ninth five-year plan. The Tanfeedh programme entails a review of the strategic sectors, which means identifying areas for improvement and enacting a...

 

The 1996 Basic Statute of the State (also referred to as the Basic Law) sets out the legal structure of Oman and the respective functions of the executive and the judiciary, as well as citizens’ personal liberties and public obligations. It provides that Oman’s basic principles include free market economics, cooperation between the public and...

 

Increasing the number of Omani nationals working in the private sector, coupled with the need to increase foreign direct investment and thereby generate job opportunities for Omanis, have been twin debate points in the public and private sector business community in recent years. Relevant data published by the National Centre for Statistics...

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Oman 2017

This chapter contains an overview of the legal framework in which local and foreign investors operate in the country, including a breakdown of the distinctions between conventional and Islamic banks, an outline of the employment regulations for both Omanis and foreigners, and a look at commercial and personal bankruptcy laws.

Despite ongoing economic pressures associated with the drop in oil prices, Oman’s diversification strategy and efforts to enhance wider revenue streams are beginning to bear fruit, as witnessed by continued growth in the non-oil sector despite dropping incomes and wider regional instability.

The government’s effort to update and streamline its foreign and domestic investment laws has finally been achieved with the enactment of the Myanmar Investment Law (MIL) in October 2016. Apart from extending automatic investment protections to citizen and foreign investments, which cover a range of asset classes including shares and property, the MIL also introduces a new regulatory mechanism...