By: Kabeer Yousuf
MUSCAT: Sultanate of Oman and the Netherlands have agreed to work for better coordination and cooperation in the field of logistics, and both sides have agreed to work on trade, transport, and training. This was agreed upon during the visit of Liliane Ploumen, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the City of Rotterdam who led a delegation of officials to Oman.
During the visit, the delegation had met Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Secretary-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both sides comprehensively reviewed the bilateral relations and discussed current regional and international issues.
Additionally, a round table on trade facilitation was held at Grand Hyatt Muscat co-chaired by Ploumen and Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, to whom the Dutch minister offered tailor made training on logistics for Omani experts as well as training in the field of statistics to the director of the National Centre for Statistics and Information. Further possibilities for collaboration in the field of logistics and trade facilitation were explored during the round table.
“The visiting ministerial delegation has offered us two training programmes”, Dr Al Futaisi told the Observer, adding, “One is in the field of statistics and how to incorporate logistics in the GDP calculations, and the second programme is for Ministry of Transport on how to manage and improve logistics in the country”.
“Our relations with them is historic and traces back to more than 350 years. We have very successful relationship in Port of Sohar and as we are promoting logistics as means of bigger GDP contributor, we are initiating dialogues and relationship programmes with Holland to support us in developing the logistics in the country as Holland is very well positioned in logistics worldwide”, the minister added. The minister and the mayor also visited the Port of Sohar where they met several representatives of the local community.
During the visit an MoU on collaboration in the field of fisheries was signed between the Dutch Ekofish Company and the Omani Al Jood Trading and Contracting Company to further develop sustainable fishing, processing and marketing procedures in support of the Omani small and medium sized fisheries sector.
“The friendship and partnership between our countries is profound and long lasting. Actually during the latter years trade between our nations has grown extensively. I look forward to continue cherishing our special ties in future”, Barbara Joziasse, Ambassador for the Netherlands, said.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER