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Activists in the Sultanate of Oman expressed their anger after circulating a leaflet of a shipping company, in which it was revealed that under new government orders, it would be obligatory to purchase books from abroad. Official statement from the authorities and they alert their customers about this new decision to be aware of this.

No permits for books

Within a few hours, the hashtag No Permits for Books released the list of the most popular hashtags on Twitter.

Activists quoted the “Aramex” shipping company as saying in a mail sent to its customers in Oman that according to “new directives from Omani customs.” Shipments that include phones, medicines and books require prior ministerial approval.

Shipping of books requires prior authorization

The notice also indicated that shipments of books require prior approval from the Omani Ministry of Information.

Through the hashtag, he wrote hundreds of tweets rejecting and criticizing the decision, considering this a confiscation of freedom of thought.

Criticizing this decision, Hussein Al-Qalhati wrote: “What does it mean that we need a permit to buy a book ?! It means that someone wants to control thoughts. He authorizes himself on behalf of the Prime Time Zone to decide what Prime Time Zone should read.

And he continued, explaining, “It simply means Prime Time Zone are unable to decide what is good and bad for them!”

Al-Mu’tasim al-Maamari said: “What is the point in preventing the entry of books, if they can be read in electronic form !?” Stressing at the same time. However, this decision is “unfortunate and unfortunate,” as he described it.

As Mona Al-Maawali wrote: “Sorry, we will not go back to medieval times. Does it come to tell me what I read and what I do not read ?!”

Wassef continued, describing what happened as a setback in the right of freedoms: “It is a setback for the right of freedoms in the Sultanate. Another Black Day is quite similar to banning some books in exhibitions. ”

While some activists posted satirical tweets and criticism of the comic way of issuing permits for books.

On the other hand, Dr. Hammoud Al-Nawfali supported this decision and considered it “a logical and rational decision to require a permit for books for the purpose of commercial publishing and distribution in society.”

He justified this by saying: “Otherwise, ISIS and its sisters, books of atheism, and pornographic books will be able to spread among children in society. It suffices to destroy the values ​​which may be received electronically and be monitored. As for intellectual and scientific books, you will receive a permit. ”

To this, activists opposed this opinion, stressing that even with the existence of permits and censorship for books, there are electronic copies of them easily available to everyone on the Internet. In the sense that such a decision will not prevent access to certain books, according to their description.

Abdel Rahman Zweig rejected this decision and said, “It is hoped that it will be the beginning of a new era based on freedom! But it seems that we will sink deeper into the bottom of authoritarianism than before.

He continued: “To this day they are dominated by terror at what the books can reveal to the Prime Time Zone. What horizons it opens up to them. They think that with these laws they will block our path. ”

Muhammad Al-Hinai also stressed that guardianship of the thought is completely unacceptable.

After the uproar caused by this matter, the Omani Ministry of Information came out to clarify the matter.

And she said in an official statement published on her official page on Twitter, and she participated in it through the hashtag: “The Ministry wishes to note that importing books for personal use does not require prior approval or permission from the Ministry of Information.”

She pointed out that the prior authorization applies only to the import of books for the purpose of publishing and distribution.

But this clarification also did not stop the activists’ anger and the debate continued.

Emirati academic Dr. Abdullah Baaboud said that this mention needs to be clarified as well.

He asked, “Are the permits only for importing for the purpose of selling? What does it mean by publication and distribution? Is there a specific number or quantity?

The Omani academic continued his questions: “What if an Omani writer or professor or resident published with a regional or international publisher sends him a set of his books as a gift to him for distribution to friends and colleagues?”

Another activist wrote: “Kanto just feels the pulse. The subject of prior approvals for publishing and distribution books, everyone knows it for a long time. ”

Over the past four years, the Sultanate of Oman has worked to develop its ports to become a regional center for import and export after it invested billions of Omani riyals to construct the ports that are distributed along the Omani coast. And through the completion of the legislative and technical infrastructure that facilitates the work of importers and exporters and attracts local and foreign investments.

“Invest easily”

The “Invest Easy” portal of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is one of the programs that the Sultanate has introduced to facilitate the establishment of projects. Commercial, industrial and import and export activity support.

The portal aims to facilitate the provision of business sector services related to business in the Sultanate and that save time and effort for investors. Owners and business owners, and it makes the investment environment in the Sultanate a stimulating environment in light of its potentials that contribute to the establishment of many different mega economic projects in various governorates.

Khamis Al-Farsi, Director General of Trade and head of the “Invest Easy” team at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said that the system contributed to improving the business environment. In the Sultanate and contributed to attracting many investments.

The Sultanate is distinguished by its strategic location overlooking open seas and proximity to global shipping lines, and the government focuses on making the main Omani ports. Pivotal export centers in the region, and over the past years it has signed agreements with international companies to manage and operate major ports in order to benefit from its global experience. In attracting international shipping lines and attracting investments of an export nature to the Sultanate.

The Sultanate seeks, through its commercial and industrial ports, to be among the top ten countries in terms of logistical performance. At the international level, by 2040, and that the transport and communications sector becomes the second source of national income.

Five-year plans

The Sultanate’s government has been able, through the implementation of successive five-year plans, to develop a series of ports, whether commercial or industrial. Or tourist or fish, and began to reap the fruits of its investments in this sector, especially in the port of Salalah and Sohar, thus Omani ports were able to attract billions of riyals as local and international investments. It provided thousands of job opportunities and increased the contribution of the port sector to the Sultanate’s national product.

In order to develop and enhance the competitiveness of the port sector in the region, the Ministry of Transport and Communications plays a significant role in the marketing programs of the ports. And industrial areas, where the Ministry coordinates with the port management and operation companies and the competent authorities regarding the international marketing programs for the ports that it supervises. Also, each port prepares an annual marketing plan to attract foreign investments.

Omani ports have specifications comparable to international ports, as they are able to receive the largest ships in the world, as they have deep berths. Some reach 25 meters and have sufficient storage space, container terminals and modern cargo-handling equipment.

The government has prepared the infrastructure for the Omani ports and has been equipped with modern equipment in order to be ready for the import and export process and the speedy clearance of the goods.

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