Omran News quoted ARC China as saying that the Persian Gulf states and China forming long term economic partnerships. This is a very natural direction and as we move closer together in more than economic spheres we will see both the Middle East and China develop cultural and social ties as well.
In fact in my home country of Oman H.E. Maqbool Bin Ali Bin Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry, on Sunday received in his office Zhong Shan, Vice-Minister of Commerce of China and his delegation. The Oman Tribune reports:
The meeting discussed means of promoting economic and trade relations between the two countries and stressed the importance of raising the inter-trade between the Sultanate and China.
It also discussed the field of promoting the non-oil inter-trade by intensive participation of the private sector in both countries in the trade exhibitions held in the two countries to promote local products.
They also discussed the organising of economic seminars to attract investment and cooperation in the fields of energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and means of reaching the free trade agreement between China and the GCC states during which the agreement will cover products and services.
The meeting was attended by Dr Salim Bin Nassir Al Isma’eli, Chief Executive Officer of the Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ociped), a number of senior officials at the commerce and industry ministry, the Chinese ambassador to the Sultanate and the delegation accompanying the Chinese official.
Dr. Fahad Bilghoneim Minister of Agriculture made an imminent issuance of decisions on the cancellation of licenses to some poultry farms, due to repeated violations of health and regulatory rules repeated again and again from those companies. The withdrawal of these licenses and the closure of the farms are in order to preserve the public interest.
This was revealed according to the newspaper “Today” Saudi Arabia in the open meeting held by the East Room with the minister, businessmen and those concerned with agriculture and related sectors in the ministry.
Now I might seem a little biased since I am from Oman and have a working relationship with Omran, but I have to say that what they are doing in terms of using the resources that the almighty gave Oman in order to encourage economic growth and increased tourist revenue is unparalleled in the Arab world. Our brothers throughout the middle east can learn from the contributions Omran is making to bolster Oman’s continued upward economic trends. To me Omran is not only a model, but an inspiration to follow.