Nod for Monetary, Education, Child Laws; Proposal for Supreme Administrative Court — MUSCAT — The Majlis Ash’shura yesterday approved the Child Law referred by the Council of Ministers and proposal to establish a Supreme Administrative Court in the Sultanate. It also reviewed the International Convention on the streamlining of customs procedures (amended Kyoto). Meanwhile, the Majlis Addawla studied draft amendments on some provisions of the Banking Law, issued by the Royal Decree No 114/2000 to His Majesty the Sultan, along with comments and views of the Majlis Addawla and Majlis Ash’shura.
The Majlis Addawla also decided to submit a proposal to the Council of Ministers about its desire to prepare a draft education law that covers general and higher education programmes. The Majlis Addawla also approved a proposal to revise the policies and laws related to administrative performance of public service units. The decisions of the Majlis Ash’shura were passed here yesterday during the Majlis’s 19th session of the first annual sitting presided over by Shaikh Khalid bin Hilal al Maawali, Chairman of the Majlis Ash’shura.
After long deliberation over the Child Law yesterday, the Majlis decided to submit the relevant report to the Majlis Addawla as per Article 58 (bis-37) of Royal Decree No 99/2011. The meeting approved the establishment of a Supreme Administrative Court after winning a majority voting and after discussions of justifications and juristic grounds on the importance and necessity of the establishment of a Supreme Administrative Court in the Sultanate.
The project includes multi-level litigation in the administrative justice system. It is an important guarantee to set the record right on any errors of judgment leading to full confidence in the results reached by the Supreme Administrative Court. The approval of the establishment of such a court came after realising an apparent conflict and contradiction between the principles and rules contained in the judgments of the appeal authority in the Administrative Court. All these have necessitated establishing a Supreme Administrative Court to lift this contradiction and instil confidence.
However, it was decided to postpone the approval of a memorandum of the Majlis’s Economic Committee on its study of the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonisation of Customs Procedures (amended Kyoto). The meeting decided to send the convention back to the Committee for further study, research and opinion survey relevant to the topic and then submit it again to the Majlis at one of the forthcoming meetings.
The International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonisation of Customs Procedures (Kyoto) is considered as one of the important international conventions emanating from the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in customs field as it contains standards for the international best practices in the simplification and harmonisation of customs procedures.
The Sultanate’s accession to such Convention may contribute to facilitating trade traffic and enhance co-operation with the outside world in line with the location of the Sultanate on the map of world trade. The total number of member states of the Convention worldwide is 64.
The Majlis Ash’shura will today continue the rest of its sessions on the draft internal bylaw of the Majlis. The Majlis Addawla’s decisions were taken here yesterday at the Majlis’s 8th regular meeting, which was presided over by Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, Chairman of the Majlis. Dr Al Mantheri affirmed that the establishment of the Supreme Council for Planning and the National Centre for Statistics and Information are among the major steps taken to enhance the march of development and the nation-building process.
In his speech, Al Mantheri affirmed that the National Centre for Statistics and Information will play an important role in providing accurate and sound information for decision-makers as per the actual situation for these information and statistics in a bid to enhance different fields of the developmental work. Al Mantheri pointed out that “The state’s laws and systems are in line with the teachings of Islam and the Omani genuine values in terms of providing responsible freedom of expression and not banning the constructive ideas that contribute to the development and growth of society”.
He added that the freedom of expression does not mean fanaticism or monopoly of opinion or prejudice to personal freedoms which are secured by the law. Our Islamic religion and our true values mandate upon us the respect of others and abstention from hurting their feelings, said Al Mantheri.
He added that, “As pointed out by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos at the annual session of the Majlis Oman (Council of Oman) last year, Omanis are by nature tolerant, flexible, free of hatred or mutiny and always stick to the values of brotherhood, co-operation and love among all. We should all nurture and engender these values into the coming generations,” he continued
After detailed discussions on a number of issues, the Majlis Addawla decided to submit the draft amendments on some provisions of the Banking Law issued by the Royal Decree No 114/2000, which was referred by the Majlis Ash’shura, to His Majesty the Sultan, together with comments and views cited by the two Majlises.
The Majlis Addawla also decided to submit a proposal to the Council of Ministers about its desire to prepare a draft education law that includes general and higher education, in addition to other educational programmes. The Council also approved the proposal of the Human Resources Committee on it views that the government should revise the policies and laws related to administrative performance of public service units. — ONA