Webinar presentation - An overview of recent comprehensive reforms in Oman / نظرة عامة على الإصلاحات الشاملة الأخيرة في سلطنة عمان.

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 11 June 2024.

In July 2023, the Sultan of Oman issued a Royal Decree introducing a new Social Protection Law to modernize and redesign the social protection system. This reform includes a unified pension system, enhanced social insurance benefits, and life-cycle guarantees for vulnerable groups. Previously, Oman faced challenges with fragmented schemes and inadequate support amid subsidy removals and a new value-added tax. The new legislation, supported by the International Labour Organization and led by the fiscal balance program Tawazun (now Estidamah), integrates contributory and non-contributory elements within a sustainable model.

This webinar presented key features of the holistic reform in Oman, which has been fully implemented since January 2024. It focused on the policy design, the main drivers behind the reform, and the innovative approaches used to gather support for its adoption. A subsequent session of the Arab Social Protection Compass Series will shift the focus on “HOW” the reform is being implemented, highlighting its main administrative, institutional, and governance features.