Mohammed Al-Toki remarked that “‘the presentation Stimulating Local Companies to Bridge the Digital Divide would focus on a business model which engages local Omani tribes living and working close to PDO’s operation areas. Specifically, our presentation will explore how, through the applications of e-commerce, PDO is helping local small and medium-sized businesses cross the digital divide.” He went on to add “that various applications of e-commerce were key to PDO fostering deeper business ties with current and potential partners. Moreover, e-commerce is aiding the company realize its goal of promoting sustainable development.” Adding that “we have a responsibility to lead, set business standards and it’s through cutting-edge technology that we ‘re able to generate new business for local firms, which in turn creates new jobs.” Al Hajj, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Imperial College, London, and one of Oman’s leading e-strategists commented that “the Forum offers PDO an excellent platform to show the broader business community, domestic and international, the e-initiatives PDO are developing in order to help SMEs develop and generate employment. We’re pushing the envelope out a little further and it’s important to us to let people know what we’re doing in the field of e-commerce.“
The PDO presentation has been included in the Forum’s fourth panel – E-readiness and Gulf SMEs – Ahmed Saleh Baabood, MD of Intevents, the Forum organizers, was reported to be “thrilled” to have PDO participate at the SME Forum. “I firmly believe the PDO presentation will be of tremendous interest and considerable value to any SME. In fact, this particular presentation goes way beyond the oil and gas industry.”
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