Oman set to become regional logistics hub

MUSCAT: The second Oman GCC Supply Chain and Logistics Conference was opened yesterday at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tareq al Said, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan.

The two-day conference is a starting point to put the Sultanate’s logistics on the map of the most important supporting sectors of the national economy. It discusses the most important future orientations of means and services linked to this sector.

301165Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, said that the government is striving to place the logistics sector as a major source of national income thereby enabling the Sultanate to position itself on the international logistics map. Dr Futaisi said: “We assure you that in the next five years we will display our determination to provide trade facilitations in terms of the laws governing transportation and goods movement to ensure seamless and speedy movement of goods to and from the Sultanate.”

The conference is attended by 500 personalities and stakeholders involved with logistics and other related sectors.

Dr Futaisi said that over the past two years the Sultanate has made great strides in complementing the logistics sector infrastructure. The ministry has constructed five four-km long runways at the airports in Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Duqm and Ras Al Hadd.

In continuation of what has been accomplished, preparations are on for the opening of Salalah Airport, the second largest airport in the Sultanate in the coming months after completion of all construction works. Additionally, the work on the passenger and cargo terminals and at Muscat and Salalah airports are being completed.

The national carrier is adding more destinations in several world countries and in the field of air freight as Oman Air will today sign a partnership agreement with Cargolux, a European cargo airline. He said that the Sultanate has rapidly worked during the past two years to complete the necessary infrastructure to support the logistics sector. turn to p2

He added that the pursuit of the Sultanate to achieve its ambitions and to play a pivotal and influential role in the logistics sector and to utilise the entire potential of the infrastructure in the Sultanate necessitate linking these components with a rail network which has the ability to make a significant step in the concept of transportation in the region and be the backbone of the logistics sector. Kim Fajer, Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals, during a presentation on the strategic location of the Sultanate, reviewed the opportunities provided by the Sultanate to have a leading position in logistics at the regional and international level in a changing world. The presentation was then followed by a panel discussion on “An Introduction to Logistics market.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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