We, Haitham bin Tarik, the Sultan of Oman
after perusal of the Basic Statute of the State,
Royal Decree 5/2006 regarding the Application of the Unified System to Extend Insurance Protection for Nationals of the States of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Working in States Other than Theirs,
and Royal Decree 15/2021 regarding the Application of the Unified System to Extend Insurance Protection for Military Personnel That Are Nationals of the States of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Working in a Member State of the Council Other than Their State,
and in pursuance of public interest,
have decreed as follows
A fund named the “Social Protection Fund” is hereby established. It shall have legal personality, shall enjoy financial and administrative independence, and shall be subordinate to the Council of Ministers. Its system shall be issued by a royal decree.
A fund named the “Military and Security Services Pension Fund” is hereby established. It shall have legal personality, shall enjoy financial and administrative independence, and shall be subordinate to the Council of Ministers. Its system shall be issued by a royal decree.
The committee formed by a decision of the Council of Ministers shall supervise the setting of the necessary controls and complete all procedures relating to transferring the tasks, competences, assets, rights, obligations, holdings, and financial liabilities of each of the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund, the Public Authority for Social Insurance, the Royal Guard of Oman Pension Fund, the Royal Office Pension Fund, the Internal Security Service Pension Fund, the Sultan’s Special Force Pension Fund, the Omani Employees of the Diwan of Royal Court Pension Fund, the Royal Oman Police Pension Fund, the Ministry of Defence Pension Fund, the Employees of the Central Bank of Oman Pension Fund, and the Employees of Petroleum Development Oman Pension Fund, to the two funds stipulated in article I and article II of this decree, as the case may be.
The aforementioned committee shall also undertake the setting of controls and procedures for restructuring the systems for pension and social protection, preparing the drafts of the fund systems stipulated in articles I and II of this decree, and preparing a social protection draft law that includes the pension systems to be applied to all employees and workers, and the provisions relating to the social protection system, within 12 (twelve) months from the date of the issuance of this decree.
The boards of directors of the pension funds and the aforementioned Public Authority for Social Insurance and its executive management shall continue to exercise their tasks in accordance with the controls and procedures approved by the committee stipulated in article III of this decree.
The minimum years of service required for optional retirement entitlement in all applicable laws, systems, and regulations shall be 30 (thirty) years of service, and this provision shall not apply to those who have completed 20 (twenty) years of service on the date of the issuance of the Social Protection Law.
The employees transferred under the royal decrees relating to the restructuring of the administrative apparatus of the state, who completed two-thirds of the contribution period required for pension entitlement on the date those decrees came into force shall continue to be treated in accordance with the provisions of the pension laws, systems, and regulations to which they are subject before their transfer. Their contributions shall be paid and their rights shall be settled in accordance with the same provisions, without prejudice to the provision of article V of this decree.
All that is contrary to this decree, or in conflict with its provisions, is hereby repealed.
This decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and comes into force on the date of its issuance, with the exception of article VI, which shall come into force on the date of the issuance of the royal decrees relating to the restructuring of the administrative apparatus of the state.
Issued on: 24 Sha’ban 1442
Corresponding to: 7 April 2021
Haitham bin Tarik
Sultan of Oman
Published in Official Gazette 1387 issued on 11 April 2021.