March 31, 2011 / 1:38 PM / 9 years ago

PROFILE-Oman's Minister of Finance Darwish al-Balushi

Position: Minister of Finance

Incumbent: Darwish bin Ismail al-Balushi

Term: Appointed March 2011

Key Facts:

— He is in charge of the country’s finances after a third cabinet reshuffle in March led to the dismissal of then Minister of Finance and National Economy, Ahmad bin Abdul-Nabi Mekki, and eliminated the ministry altogether.

— Some said the reshuffle was expected in response to protesters’ grievances about corruption.

— Protesters had pressed for political and labour reforms across Oman, where a series of concessions from Omani ruler Sultan Qaboos have failed to bring unrest to an end.

— He is the chairman of the executive committee of Oman Air. He also served as an interim chief executive.

— He previously served as the secretary-general of the Ministry of Finance.

— Oman is a small non-OPEC oil producer with a stock market that is too illiquid to appeal to many foreign investors.

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