Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah
Al Jabri, Chairman, Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) has announced two new regulations regarding land allotment and environmental clearance. The first of the new usufruct regulations stipulates that Sezad is the only authorised party to license the usufruct of land owned by the state within SEZD. Licensing the usufruct of the aforementioned lands to government authorities, places of worship, NGOs, and charities shall be in exchange of a nominal sum; or with waiver of the remuneration whatsoever, as decided by Sezad´s board of directors under the leadership of Al Jabri and after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Finance. The regulation regarding environmental permits states that projects should not commence or modify their operations before obtaining an environmental permit from Sezad, and emphasises that Sezad shall only issue environmental permits to projects after verifying the projects´ fulfillment of all obligatory requirements according to the law and this regulation. With these revelations, Al Jabri is all set to make Sezad a balanced and more authoritative regulator.