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The Oman Investment Authority (OIA) has announced the launch of the ‘Future Fund Oman,’ earmarked with a substantial capital infusion of $5.2 billion. The fund, set to be disbursed over the next five years at a rate of $1 billion annually, marks a strategic move by Oman to catalyze economic diversification and spur innovation.

With an ambitious vision to fuel economic growth and foster sustainable development, the ‘Future Fund Oman’ is poised to play a pivotal role in Oman’s economic landscape. A staggering 90% of the fund’s capital will be channeled towards investing directly in commercially viable large-scale projects within Oman, aiming to enhance the country’s infrastructure and drive job creation.

Furthermore, the fund demonstrates a commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation, with 3% of its capital allocated towards supporting startups, reflecting Oman’s aspiration to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs.

Commenting on the launch, a spokesperson for the Oman Investment Authority emphasized the fund’s role as a catalyst for economic diversification, outlining its focus on empowering the private sector, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), bolstering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and fostering venture capital initiatives.

Against the backdrop of Oman’s economy, which traditionally relies heavily on the oil sector, the establishment of the ‘Future Fund Oman’ signals a strategic shift towards creating a more resilient and diversified economy. As per an S&P report, higher hydrocarbon production anticipated in the coming years is expected to provide additional support to the economy, further underscoring the importance of initiatives like the ‘Future Fund Oman’ in driving long-term prosperity.

Founded in 2020, the Oman Investment Authority has been instrumental in managing the government’s financial assets and public enterprises. Through initiatives like the ‘Future Fund Oman,’ the authority aims to unlock new avenues for growth and prosperity, aligning with Oman’s broader economic vision.