MUSCAT, MAY 25
Businessgateways recently launched an exciting webinar series, titled ‘Connecting the international community to Oman’s Procurement & Investment Opportunities’, intended to help Omani MSMEs and Large businesses connect with a global audience of investors.
The webinar series is hosted on an online knowledge-sharing platform, The Stage, an initiative of businessgateways. Through these webinar-based presentations, stakeholders, suppliers, operators and embassies engage, discuss and share information on business prospects, with emphasis on showcasing procurement and investment opportunities in Oman to select international markets.
Since its launch, the webinar series has garnered praise for its tangible success in shedding light on Oman’s immense portfolio of procurement and investment opportunities to the world.
China, given its unrivalled status as the global economic powerhouse, was the first international market to be featured in the series. Supported by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (Oman), the webinar introduced China to Oman’s market, upcoming projects and prospective B2B Partnership ventures.
Next in the series was the United Kingdom which, as the biggest contributor of foreign direct investment into the Sultanate, made for an impactful presence. Conducted under the Patronage of Oman’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotion (MoCIIP), the webinar titled ‘Connecting UK to Oman’s Procurement & Investment Opportunities’ was a resounding success from all standpoints, with the backing from the Department for International Trade (UK), which is Britain’s top policymaking body for trade and investment, in addition to the British Embassy in Muscat.
Opening remarks by Asila bint Salim al Samsamiyah, Undersecretary of Oman’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotion (MoCIIP), set the stage for roughly two hours of engaging presentations and discussions centring on a key message: ‘Oman is open for business’. An overview of Britain’s longstanding trade and economic partnership with Oman was presented by Mr. Gareth Stevens, Director of International Trade & First Secretary Defence & Security, British Embassy – Muscat. Additionally, sector-wise opportunities, spanning Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Free Zone Developments, as well as regulatory aspects governing these opportunities and more, were outlined by representatives from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Daleel Petroleum, Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), Addleshaw Goddard, and businessgateways.
Buoyed by the immense success of the first two editions of its webinar series, businessgateways is now targeting an array of promising new international markets. Taking centre-stage in June will be Canada, with its thriving hydrocarbon sector. And over the course of this year, the webinar series will also feature Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and the United States, among other markets.
“The strength of participation in our webinar series – in terms of online attendance and outreach – has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Hemant Murkoth, CEO – businessgateways. “The outstanding success of the webinars on China and UK gives us confidence that The Stage is an effective and powerful platform that helps the JSRS Buyers and Suppliers Community connect and engage with investors and customers in target markets around the world.”