The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) has introduced an electronic window that allows individuals to provide information or data regarding incidents that violate laws and regulations. The electronic window is open to various parties, including OPAZ employees, members of the Board of Directors, consultants, contractors, suppliers with contracts, former OPAZ employees, and consultants.
OPAZ emphasizes that the electronic window provides a line of communication with responsible officials while ensuring confidentiality and offering necessary assurances to individuals submitting reports. Accessible through the authority’s website (opaz.gov.om), the new electronic window aims to strengthen OPAZ’s efforts in maintaining a positive image, enhancing reputation, and improving service quality.
The authority states that the electronic window adheres to fundamental principles of transparency, integrity, neutrality, and fairness, following best practices in asset preservation and efficiency enhancement. Any individual working or dealing with OPAZ can report wrongful practices that violate existing laws, regulations, and systems. The electronic window ensures the protection of the whistleblower’s identity and instills confidence in the reporting process.
It is important to note that this reporting policy applies to a wide range of individuals, including employees, board members, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and former employees who have contracts or associations with the authority. The scope of reporting covers acts, violations, improper behaviors, and actions committed by employees inside or outside of the authority that go against the laws, regulations, and rules in place.
By establishing this electronic window, OPAZ aims to foster transparency, accountability, and integrity within the organization. The initiative highlights the authority’s commitment to addressing violations and promoting a culture of compliance. Through this platform, individuals can play an active role in upholding the standards and principles that govern OPAZ’s operations.