The STI policy reviews developed by UNCTAD aim to contribute to the development of national STI capacities so that national STI plans and programmes effectively support the implementation of inclusive and sustainable development strategies by promoting growth and productive diversification and competitiveness as well as addressing priority social and environmental problems.
This review is intended to be a tool for learning and reflection, enabling all actors in the STI system to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the system and to identify its strategic priorities.
The review of the science, technology and innovation policies of the Sultanate of Oman was conducted in response to a request by the Government of Oman and received the support of the Research Council of Oman.
During visits to the Sultanate of Oman, the team held nearly 100 interviews and meetings with representatives of government agencies, research institutes, universities, trade unions, chambers of commerce, businesses and non-governmental organizations.
An initial draft of this document was presented and discussed at a national workshop held in Muscat on 10 December 2013, with the participation of more than 100 experts and national science, technology and innovation stakeholders. The comments and suggestions made there have been taken into account in the preparation of this review.