Science and technology diplomacy is one of the rising sub-divisions of international diplomatic relations. Although its roles have developed in the last decade, it leads a host of international understandings with an objective to achieve the UN’s sustained development goals and visions.
At the national level, it plays multiple roles, including developing the national capacities in the science & technology fields and linking them to the public policies.
Looking ahead to such paramount aims, Oman has been one of the pioneer states that formally put in practice the science & technology diplomacy. It contributed to the consolidation of such perception and boosted its practical applications by participating in the setting up in 2016 of the International Network for Foreign Ministers’ Science & Technology Advisers, together with the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and New Zealand, which has now expanded to comprise more than 25 states from the various continents. Additionally, Muscat is currently hosting the Network›s meetings as well as the meetings of the International Science Council. Furthermore, a workshop is due to be organized by the International Network for Government Science Advice to discuss the link between science and public policies. The workshop will bring together a number of scientists, practitioners and prominent stakeholders to consider models of practices, skills and scientific advice in the interaction between science and policies. It will, also, be linked practically to the subject of the forum: “Oceans Economy & Future Technology”.
As a coastal country with an inveterate maritime history and an area of economic growth, Oman is looking to discover the opportunities available in the oceans and seas as part of boosting the diversity of the Omani economy in areas such as fishing, fish farming, logistic services, sea transport, mining, conversion industries. Local and international investments are being encouraged to target oceans economy sectors by reinforcing the role of advanced research, education and economy and the application of science and technology thereon.
The Oman’s coastal line extends over a distance of 3165 km along the Oman sea, Arabian sea and Indian ocean. It is located in the heart of the international trade routes renders, which makes it is an inviting hub for international logistic services, efficient and effecitive products’ movement.
This conference aims to shape a national ocean economy framework, where sectors, initiatives and activities are identified and linked to the national plan for economic diversification. This conference is considered a host to many high-caliber employment opportunities, to create business opportunities, to transfer and nationalize the knowledge and technology pertaining to oceans economy, to develop local innovation eco-system, engage with international educational & training institutions, to upgrade the skills of Omani youths in the ocean economy and future technology domain.
The ocean economy & future technology conference is designed to boost ocean-related industries in the Sultanate; to foster innovation in order to harness seas & oceans potentials responsibly and sustainably and to confirm Oman›s commitment to the UN’s sustainable development goal (14) which seeks to safeguard sea, ocean and maritime resources in order to be used sustainably and attain sustainable development.