Oman, Germany boost trade ties

MUSCAT: The 14th session of the Omani-German Joint Committee was held at the Foreign Ministry on Monday. The Omani side was chaired by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al Busaidy, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry, and the German side by Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The two sides reviewed relations of cooperation between the two friendly countries. They also touched on issues related to trade, investment, renewable energy, transfer of education, science, knowledge and technology, pushing tourism sector forward and ensuring its sustainable development, as well as benefiting from the German expertise in protection of scientific innovations, how to utilise and market them in a bid to transform them into productive industries.
Additionally, the two sides discussed the constant progress being witnessed by the Omani-German relations in various cultural and educational fields, in addition to the importance of expanding and diversifying joint interests in various areas, endeavouring to enhance and push such interests towards broader avenues. At the end of the session, the two sides signed minutes of the meeting.
The session was attended by Shaikh Abdullah bin Yahya al Oraimi, Head of Economic Affairs Sector, Hafeedh bin Salim bin Mohammed Ba’omar, Head of International Cooperation Department, Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, German Ambassador to the Sultanate, Deputy Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Administrative and Financial Affairs, some officials and businessmen from both sides.
Earlier, Ahmed bin Hassan al Dheeb, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, received in his office Matthias Machnig and his delegation.
Al Dheeb reviewed aspects of the existing cooperation between the two friendly countries and means of increasing trade and industrial exchange, besides discussing fields and opportunities of the existing investment in the Sultanate. He explained that the Sultanate’s Government is looking for the leading sectors in the government and private areas with various friendly and sisterly countries to invest in the Sultanate. — ONA