OMAN EXPORT WEEK KICKS OFF AT OCEC.
As part of its initiative to boost Omani exports across the globe, Ithraa launched Oman Export Week (OEW) at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) on Sunday. The event which will be held till December 6 was inaugurated under the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications.
Taleb Saif al Makhmari, Ithraa's director general of Marketing and Media and organiser of the five-day event, said, 'Oman has long been an outward looking trading nation. At our best, we've done business in every corner of the globe. It's in our DNA to travel, to engage, trade and sell. And today, exporting is more important to our economic ambitions than it ever has been. Exports are central to Oman's prosperity, growth and development, helping create quality jobs, and spur innovation and entrepreneurship. Today, and as of the last count, we're proudly exporting to 135 countries. And we look forward to expanding on this not just in number but also in volume.'
Despite the recent international financial crisis, global exports in 2017 were worth more than double of what they were in 1997. Oman's non-oil exports reached US$8.2bn in 2017 up from US$6.2bn in 2016.
'Oman Export Week has 15 workshops covering topics including branding, labelling, specifications, IP, e-commerce and logistics to help Omani exporters capitalise on the possibilities of overseas markets,' added Sajda al Ghaithi, Ithraa's media director.