12 OMANIS TAKE PART IN UK SEMINAR ON EXPLORING INVESTMENT, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN EAST AFRICA

MUSCAT: As part of the second annual visit of the Anglo-Omani Society, New British Omani Delegation, 12 Omanis from public and private sector organisations visited Oxford University’s Pembroke College for a two-day seminar, stated a press release.

Focusing on investment opportunities in East Africa, the seminar included a series of briefings delivered by leading British scholars, members of the international business community and political analysts. The seminar concluded with a speech by Sir Alan Duncan, British Prime Minister’s special envoy to Oman, who was appointed recently.

Addressing the delegation, Sir Duncan said, “The linking of young professionals is enormously valuable as it brings together the future decision makers of both countries. So, what we have here is the beginning of many decades of friendship and association which will continue to bind our two countries.”

Day one of the seminar provided a socio-economic background of East Africa, exploring regional dynamics and the impact of politics upon the business framework of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The sessions during the second day took a more practical perspective incorporating experiences of businesses already operating in the region and the obstacles they had overcome while establishing and growing market share of their products and services.

One of the delegates, Halima al Kindi, said, “Through these talks we explored many ideas and developed an understanding of the investment opportunities available in East Africa.

“The sessions also underlined the vast experience we, as Omanis, have as a result of our emerging economy and our journey of development in both public and private sectors under the guidance of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. This knowledge puts us in a strong position to evaluate, contribute to and potentially invest in this increasingly important part of the world.”

Abdullah al Ajmi from the Diwan of Royal Court said, “The last few days have been an excellent exercise in strengthening our international network. We very much look forward to returning their hospitality when the British delegates visit Oman in 2015.”

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY