MoU with Qatar signed on food production, marketing

MUSCAT: An official session of talks between the Sultanate and the State of Qatar was held at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Muscat on Sunday. The session was chaired from the Sultanate’s side by Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries while the session was headed from the Qatari side by Mohammed bin Abdullah al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment. The session touched on fields of agriculture, livestock and fisheries, as well as ways to develop them and open wider avenues to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences and views between the two countries.
During the session, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two countries pertaining to fields of food production and marketing, joint investment and export of Omani products to Qatar.
On the other hand, Dr Sajwani received in his office Mohammed bin Abdullah al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment in the State Qatar, who is currently visiting the Sultanate.
The two sides discussed matters of common concern related to fields of cooperation between the two brotherly countries in the agricultural, animal and fisheries sectors, as well as ways of developing them and joint cooperation in these sectors.
They also discussed enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the field of food security, as well as ways to develop investment fields in the agricultural, animal and fish sectors.
The meeting was attended by Dr Ahmed bin Nasser al Bakri, Under-Secretary of Agriculture, Hamad bin Said al Oufi, Under-Secretary of Fisheries and directors general in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Dr Sajwani said in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) that signing the MoU comes within the framework of the close bilateral relations between the Sultanate and the sisterly State of Qatar.
He pointed out that the MoU dealt with food production and marketing, joint investment and export of Omani products to Qatar.
He added that the MoU included ways to explore the possible opportunities for investment in the Sultanate in the fish, agriculture and food sectors.
He affirmed the existence of a partnership between the Sultanate and Qatar in this aspect and there is an approach from the Qatari side to take advantage of the opportunities available for investment in the Sultanate.
Mohammed bin Abdullah al Rumaihi affirmed that the strategic relations between the two countries are at the highest level and they are very clear. He pointed out that signing the MoU comes within the framework of enhancing the existing cooperation between the two countries in areas of common concern.
He added that the State of Qatar has many investments in various fields in the Sultanate.
He aspires to invest in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm (SEZD) in areas of food industries, strategic storage and investment in some fishing ports, as well as the development of infrastructure and urban projects within the urban planning of the coastal areas, especially fishing harbours due to their importance to food industries and food security. — ONA