Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones - Authority Functions

The Competencies of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones

  • The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free zones shall develop policies and strategic plans of Special Economic Zones and free zones that contribute to achieving development plans of the Sultanate and submit them to the Council of Ministers for adoption.
  • Implement, follow up, and evaluate adopted policies and strategies.
  • Prepare studies, plans and programs relating to the competences of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones.
  • Oversee the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, Almazuna Free Zone, Salalah Free Zone, Sohar Free Zone and any other special economic zone or free zone.
  • Make proposals for establishing special economic zones and free zones, and take necessary action for issuing their establishment royal decrees, determining their locations, boundaries, incentives, advantages and facilities prescribed to be granted to operators and operating enterprises.
  • Organize and control investment environment in Special economic zones and free zones.
  • Promote investment opportunities in special economic zones and free zones inside and outside the Sultanate in coordination with the competent bodies.
  • Determine usufruct right of state owned lands located in special economic zones and free zones without being bound to the provisions of Royal Decree No. 81/5 Regulating Usufruct of State Owned lands.
  • Implement the One Stop Shop system in special economic zones and free zones.
  • Issues all types of licenses, permits and certificates for conducting businesses in special economic zones and free zones.
  • Provide and develop the services, and establish necessary public facilities in special economic zones and free zones, with due consideration to the provisions of the laws and applicable systems regulatingthe services and facilities referred to.
  • Specify the economic activities and projects that can be conducted in special economic zones and free zones.
  • Approve forming companies in accordance with the laws in force for the purpose of developing and promoting special economic zones and free zones, mange, develop, and improve their basic sectors.
  • Approve concession agreements in special economic zones and free zones prior to their conclusion.
  • Coordinate with competent bodies to ensure fulfilling the obligations arising from concession agreements.
  • Coordinate with competent bodies to provide security and emergency services in special economic zones and free zones.
  • Determine Omanization percentage that must be met in special economic zones and free zones.
  • Set the rules governing movement of goods and people from and to special economic zones and free zones.
  • Draft proposals of laws and royal decrees projects, issue regulations and decision relating to the competencies of the Authority.
  • Enhance and develop cooperation with other competent bodies in states, specialized regional & international organizations, and establishments.
  • Represent the Sultanate in conferences, events, regional & international meetings relating to the competencies of the Authority.
  • Any other functions assigned to the Authority pursuant to royal laws and decrees.