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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Tracing back history, looking forward to future

Historical roots are to be celebrated because we just know ourselves better when we can reflect on yesteryears.


Walking on white sand against the blueness of the Indian Ocean one could visualise the dhows that might have anchored bringing in products and to think how precious commodity clove was once upon a time. Oman’s relation with Tanzania and its beautiful islands Zanzibar and Pemba are full of wonders.


It is easily understandable why the visitors fell in love with the land and history was created.


We often think history is just about events that took place, but it is much more than that - it is to do with the nature, the people and the geography because after all the ocean played an extremely important role in this particular history that took shape between two coasts of the Indian Ocean. The network expanded as the history of clove trade proves.


It must have been a tough time but the entrepreneurial instinct made people to explore and thus Oman achieved her maritime history and a healthy economy.


So is history ever irrelevant? Is it us just basking in the glory?


Absolutely not just basking in the glory, but learning from history. There is so much nostalgia that a young biker from Oman, Maher al Barwani, goes to Africa crossing series of nations to reach Tanzania and especially the islands Zanzibar and Pemba and becomes a cultural ambassador of Tanzania. Earlier he had visited as a young boy adding special memories to the nostalgic stories he used to hear from his parents.


This year in 2022 as he enjoyed the moments of the reception arranged for the President of United Republic of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan, during her three-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman, memories are fresh again. The relationship between the countries are being enhanced once again - connecting two lands to look forward to an era filled with a different outlook to trade e-commerce.


The first-of-its-kind strategic e-commerce collaboration between ASYAD Express and Tanzania Post sees the Sultanate of Oman in the spotlight as a logistics hub.


The collaboration has various elements e-commerce and Oman expanding its services and further establishing as logistics hub for the African market enhancing the opportunity of e-commerce between Oman and Africa.


According to Nasser al Sharji, CEO of Oman Post and ASYAD Express, the memorandum of understanding that took place recently, covers the strategy to implement e commerce, so the volume that are coming from different countries are going to be consolidated in Oman and then injected to Tanzania and thus allowing it to operate as a regional hub.


Also, goods moving from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar to different countries will also have services provided by ASYAD Express expanding the network of services in the region.


The e-commerce services of ASYAD during the pandemic had been an asset for SMEs. Supporting the growth of e-commerce Oman Post ASYAD Express had launched international delivery service to over 220 destinations worldwide.


Available at all 72 Oman Post branches and 107 touch points across the Sultanate of Oman, ASYAD Express has been growing and now the latest MoU signed with Tanzania Post, the e commerce to the region is expected to further expand.


This is a whole new platform to explore commerce and trade in the present era.


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