We, Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman
after perusal of the Basic Statute of the State promulgated by Royal Decree 101/96,
the Commercial Companies Law 4/74,
the Law Governing the Usufruct of the Lands of the Sultanate promulgated by Royal Decree 5/81,
the System of Public Authorities and Establishments promulgated by Royal Decree 116/91,
Royal Decree 4/93 Establishing the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates,
the Foreign Capital Investment Law promulgated by Royal Decree 102/94,
the Financial Law promulgated by Royal Decree 47/98,
the Law of Free Zones promulgated by Royal Decree 56/2002,
the Tender Law promulgated by Royal Decree 36/2008,
the State Financial and Administrative Audit Law promulgated by Royal Decree 111/2011,
and the Law on the Protection of Public Property and the Avoidance of Conflict of Interest promulgated by Royal Decree 112/2011,
and in pursuance of public interest,
have decreed as follows
The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates shall be subordinate to the Minister of Commerce and Industry, and the attached system shall apply in regard to it.
The headquarters of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates shall be in the Governorate of Muscat, and branches or offices for it may be established inside or outside the Sultanate.
The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates shall enjoy legal personality and financial and administrative independence. It shall have—in order to achieve its objectives—the capacity to own, manage, and dispose of immovable and movable property; perform all disposals and carry out all actions necessary to achieve its objectives; and undertake any disposal necessary to achieve these objectives or that which is related or complementary to them.
The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates shall undertake the collection of municipal services fees provided to companies, enterprises, commercial representation offices and their branches, whether Omani or foreign, and which are licensed to practise the authorised activities within the estates of the establishment.
The Board of Directors of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates may—after the approval of the Council of Ministers—designate locations within the estates of the establishment, for the competent entities to provide the necessary services for the investment activities that are licensed to be established in them, whether relating to the issuance of licences, approvals, visas, recording or registering of the activities, or other services, provided that one or more employees shall undertake directly assuming the competences prescribed pursuant to the laws, royal decrees, and regulations governing the performance of those services within the scope of the estate. A decision governing the work of these entities shall be issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry after coordination with them.
It is permitted by a decision by the Council of Ministers—on the basis of a recommendation of the Board of Directors of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates—to exclude some estates of the establishment or some of the investment activities in them from being subject to all or some of the provisions of the aforementioned Foreign Capital Investment Law and Commercial Companies Law and from the percentage of Omanisation prescribed in accordance with the rules in force; it is also permitted to grant them other exemptions and incentives not stipulated in this decree.
The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates and the companies it owns, which are incorporated within its estates for the purpose of executing or managing the projects of public services and utilities and other basic projects in them, are excluded from being subject to the provisions of the Tender Law.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates shall issue the necessary regulations and decisions to implement the provisions of this decree and the attached system, after the approval of the Minister of Commerce and Industry, and until they are issued, the existing regulations, decisions, and systems in force continue to operate to the degree that they do not contradict with the provisions of this decree and the attached system.
The Articles of Association of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates attached to the aforementioned Royal Decree 4/93 is hereby repealed, as well as all that is contrary to this decree and the attached system, or in conflict with their provisions.
This decree shall be published in the Official Gazette, and comes into force on the day following the date of its publication.
Issued on: 4 Shawwal 1436
Corresponding to: 21 July 2015
Qaboos bin Said
Sultan of Oman
Published in Official Gazette 1108 issued on 26 July 2015.
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