State Council passes Cultural Heritage draft law

March 15, 2017

At its fifth regular session on Tuesday, the State Council approved the ‘Cultural Heritage’ draft law following intensive discussions. The draft law, transferred by the Council of Ministers received approval following inputs from the report of the Committee of Culture, Information and Tourism and the report of the Shura Council, stated a press release.

The session chaired by H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Manthri, chairman of the State Council, was held in the presence of the members and the secretary general of the council.

The report of the Committee on Culture, Information and Tourism included observations of the members on the recommendations of the technical committee.

Dr Ahmed bin Ali Mohammed al Mashikhi, head of the Committee of Culture, Information and Tourism highlighted the  importance and objectives of the law on the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

He explained the ways to develop organisation and management, promotion, and consistency as per global conventions, including the 1972 Unesco Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage .

Additionally, he explained the efforts made by the committee regarding the draft law and pointed out that a technical team was tasked to study and prepare a report about it, which it later examined with the Legal Committee of the council.

Elaborating on the draft law he said, “The Committee of Culture, Information and Tourism has considered the draft law from several angles. It affirms the high importance of cultural heritage, which is an essential pillar of the Omani national identity and the foundation of building and development of a modern nation.”

Dr Mashikhi thanked the council bureau and the heads of the committees on their feedback, and noted the efforts exerted by the committee members.

The sixth regular session meeting on Wednesday will discuss a proposal of the Committee of Education and Research on the ‘Review of duplication of programmes and disciplines in higher education institutions’, and discuss the proposal of the Economic Committee to amend the Economic Development Law promulgated by Royal Decree 9/75.