Who is Hajar Al-Braiki, who angered the Omanis and provoked them with the “Umm Salem Contest” | A nation is tweeting out of tune


The trend list was issued today in the Sultanate of Oman, and a new hashtag of its kind sparked the anger and discontent of activists, as it concerns a competition with financial prizes held by a blog on Twitter seeking fame. According to their description.

In details, according to what Watan has monitored, a promotional account on Twitter has offered a competition for those who follow up on the advertiser’s account.

The account in question belongs to a blog named “Hajar Al-Braiki”, who has 8 thousand followers through her account that conducted the competition in order to spread and increase its fame.

A promotional account

The promotional account asked followers to “Like, Tweet and Follow” for the account to be popular.

And he considered that “the more you repeat the answer, the greater your chance of winning financial prizes.” To lure the activists and urge them to follow up on Al-Briki’s account.

Twitter followers also interacted with this competition, but the topic took another context.

As some of them attacked this interaction for a subject they considered “trivial”, a concern of Omanis, while there are much more important issues that must be addressed.

One of the tweeters said about the hashtag “the poet Hajar Al-Breiki”, who is the top of the list of the most popular hashtags in the Sultanate: “The trend with us is how you are. There are contests, there are issues, there are demands of citizens, and so are the news of Corona.

He also sarcastically continued: “Even the topics that are not our own and we have nothing to do with them get a hashtag, everything is there, but enter the trend and choose the topic that suits you and enjoy.”

And without another tweet, which read: “What accelerated you have reached is a trend, I mean, the issue of dropping loans has become less important than Hajar Al-Brika. How do you judge?”

A third activist did not deviate from the line of criticism when he wrote through the hashtag: “I abandoned all the important topics in the country, and I have made a trend for a trivial hashtag for the money competition.”

Who is Hajar Al-Breiki?

It is noteworthy that Hajar bint Ali bin Nasser Al-Braiki is an Omani poet, born on November 5, 1983.

Hajar represented the Sultanate of Oman in several forums, including “The Thuraya First International Poetry Festival in Jordan 2008 AD.” And Okaziyya Arabic Poetry in Algeria, 2008 AD.

Hajar Al-Braiki also won the Medal of the Al-Liwan Program for Poetry in Qatar 2008.

And she won the title of “Poet of the Message” in the 2007 program of Prince of Poets. And she has a poetry collection under the title ‘Mesir’ on the Arab Expansion Foundation / Beirut

It is noteworthy that social networking sites in the Sultanate of Oman have been buzzing over the current two days, with a massive campaign of demands to postpone personal loans. For borrowers from Omani banks due to the difficult conditions that everyone suffers from due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Omanis launched a hashtag on the communication sites entitled “Omani Personal Loans Postponement”, which issued the trend in a short time. In a call from them to the banks and the government to postpone the installments.

Activists attributed this to the economic repercussions that the country is experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid 19), which was reflected in its turn. On the citizens and their ability to meet their living needs.

Regarding the tag, the Omanis chanted, making numerous calls and opinions, most of which agreed on the need to consider the issue of loan installments, and to reduce its impact on citizens.

Activists attributed this to the economic repercussions that the country is experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid 19), which was reflected in its turn. On the citizens and their ability to meet their living needs.

One of the respondents tweeted with the campaign, saying: “We hope that our wise government will take into consideration this popular demand. Which means a lot to the citizens, who live in conditions that only God Almighty knows best.

He continued: “We ask God to release our anxiety and fulfill our religion. There is no strength or power except in God, the Most High, the Great.”

One of the activists, who participated in the hashtag, wrote: “I think that personal loans are postponed and removed from the citizen’s shoulders under these circumstances. Without interest, it does not hurt the banks. While it saves the citizen’s life from emerging pressures.

“The required period is one year, and the citizen deserves, so let the central bank present a surprise to the citizen after these lean years by issuing the decision,” he said.

The loans provoked the Omanis

While another tweet went on to say: “Profits must be dropped or postponed and taxes reduced in order to be compatible with the citizen’s livelihood properly.”

He explained: “Here, I shed light for banks, investment, finance, communications, electricity and water companies, by reviewing the good treatment of the citizen’s needs. We wish the best for everyone. ”

Nachat considered that delaying Omani personal loans may be a temporary solution that will benefit small and medium businesses.

He continued: “But we aspire to radical solutions that benefit all society, on top of which is the employment of laid-offs, job seekers and support for Omani merchants.”

Postponement of loan installments for small and medium enterprises

The Supreme Committee in charge of discussing the mechanism of dealing with the Corona pandemic in the Sultanate of Oman decided a few days ago, to postpone the payment of loan installments. Small and medium enterprises are payable in the (previously) Al Raffd Fund to beneficiaries for the period from January 1, 2021, until the end of next June.

This came within a number of decisions issued by the committee, last week, in the framework of following up the repercussions of the Corona crisis. According to the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Information’s News Center.

The committee also decided to provide facilities for the beneficiaries of the Sanad and Livelihood Resources Program (previously), provided that they are announced by the competent authority.

Fiscal balance plan and value added tax

It is noteworthy that last November, the Ministry of Finance in the Sultanate of Oman announced the medium-term fiscal balance plan (2020-2024).

This plan seeks to enhance financial sustainability as one of the most important enablers of Oman 2040 Vision.

According to the government statement issued at the time, the fiscal balance plan. It aims to support economic growth and strengthen the social protection system.

As well as rationalizing and raising the efficiency of government spending, and stimulating and diversifying government revenue sources.

According to the Omani Government Communication Center: “The announcement of the medium-term fiscal balance plan 2020-2024 confirms the noble pronouncement. His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Almighty – may God preserve and protect him – and what it implies of keenness on directing financial resources to optimal direction and placing achieving financial balance at the top of the government’s priorities.

Budget deficit

According to the data of the Omani Ministry of Finance, the Sultanate intends to gradually reduce the deficit over the next 4 years. Cross-package measures and targeting. That the deficit be 1.7% of GDP in 2024.

Oman also intends to gradually lift electricity and water, and the start will be on big consumers, including the industrial, commercial and government sectors.

Value added tax

The Sultanate is also considering reorienting subsidies for public services (water and electricity) to go to eligible groups and lifting full subsidies by 2025.

With regard to the value-added tax, Oman plans to apply it to high-income earners in 2022 (high-income individuals). And it aims to direct its revenues to finance social programs.

According to the Omani Ministry of Finance, the Sultanate is studying an early retirement system for some groups in the government sector. With the aim of reducing operating expenses during the next stage.

While it intends to expand the scope of exemption from visas to include citizens of more than 100 countries (visit visa).

Oman has a tendency to reduce the fees for disposal of real estate to be from 5% to 3%.

The Sultanate is studying civil service law, labor law, and employment rates in some sectors in the private sector. In addition to the creation of a national registry of government assets.

Decline of sovereign assets in the Sultanate of Oman

Moody’s Investors Service revealed the decline in sovereign assets in the medium term for Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.

The agency also attributed the reason for this decline to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic and the increasing withdrawal in order to compensate for the drop in oil prices.

Moody’s said in a report issued on Wednesday, February 10, that the repercussions would lead to a significant erosion of protective margins in Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.

This, in turn, reduces the financial strength of their sovereign wealth funds and increases external risks.

The decline in oil prices caused by the Corona, has caused a high increase in the overall borrowing requirements of Gulf governments.

Which will be partially fulfilled through withdrawals from sovereign wealth funds.

The report also added that “in the case of Oman, a large double deficit would lead to a decline in both international reserves and wealth fund assets. Sovereignty, which increases the risks of external vulnerability in the medium term.

And he added that the stock of sovereign wealth funds in both Qatar and Abu Dhabi is still able to cover decades of fiscal deficit, at current levels.

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