On Thursday, April 12, 2017 the Pearl Initiative organised a lecture for students of Sultan Qaboos University as part of its series of student presentations around the Gulf Region addressing the topics of business ethics, integrity and anti-corruption. The purpose of this series is to bring successful business leaders and students together and to inform students on how these topics are applied in practice by businesses in the Gulf Region and how they contribute to the overall success and growth of a company or organisation.

The lecture was delivered by Ibrahim Al Akhzami, Senior Manager, Legal Department, Omantel under the title, “Anti-Corruption: Importance of Integrity in a Business”.

Al Akhzami introduced the topic to the students and expressed its importance by giving real life examples on ways Omantel implemented integrity practices which included policies on human trafficking, false customer accounts and nepotism.

Al Akhazami also stated that policies are not only financially driven, they are also derived from the pride and responsibility the company has towards their country and towards boosting its economy.

Al Akhzami concluded the lecture by stating, “You are our future. We need to be proactive in stressing the importance of ethics in the way we conduct business”.