Duqm: A group of 59 representatives of Arab and non-Arab countries and of international organisations as well as their spouses began a visit of the Duqm Economic Zone on Friday.
The visit is being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) for heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Oman and representatives of international organisations. The trip includes a two-day tour of the Dry Dock Complex, Duqm Port, and Duqm Airport, as well as presentations about SEZAD.
Also planned during visit is a cruise onboard the Fulk Al Salamah yacht and spending a night at Duqm beach in the tourist area.
Yahya bin Said Al Jabri, Chairman of SEZAD Board of Directors, in a speech said: "We strongly believe in the significance of commercial and economic cooperation in achieving healthy economic growth rates, promoting trade and investment links, and to disseminate the spirit of goodwill, courtesy and love among people, despite the language and cultural variances."
He said many countries engaged in bilateral and regional economic schemes to promote free trade, create common markets and benefit from economies of scale. They also sought to enhance the capacity and partnership of national and regional platforms to open the door to foreign direct investment and maximise the use of the comparative advantages.
Duqm SEZ to boost growth
The chairman of the SEZAD Board of Directors added, "The Special Economic Zone at Duqm is one of these economic systems with several comparative advantages, that can be utilised in achieving comprehensive and balanced economic development.
"With a total area of 1,777 square kilometres, and capitalising on its distinguished strategic location on the Arabian Sea, its existence is near the enriched natural sources of crude oil supplies in the GCC region. The advantages include an availability of raw materials and an abundance of fishery resources alongside of the Governorate of the Al Wusta coastline, in addition to the beauty and natural heritage of the region."
He also said that the government has prepared the basic required infrastructure and public facilities, such as the commercial port, the airport and power and water desalination substations to support potential investors exploring investment opportunities in A'Duqm SEZ and to qualify the region as a superior place to live, work and relax.
For his part, Sheikh Khalil bin Ahmed Al Salmi, CEO Deputy for Dry Dock, said the dry dock, in its strategic location overlooking the Arabian Sea, is a unique station to provide services to vessels travelling to and from international markets, especially oil and gas tankers.
The Heads of Diplomatic Missions is an important step in the field of international marketing and promotion, as the company prepares an annual marketing plan to visit countries related to maritime activities, such as those in Europe and East Asia. The delegation would view the dry dock services and he hoped the visit would result in many long-term benefits.
He noted that the management of the dry dock aims to annually increase the figures of Omanisation through employment plans and programmes, saying that in 2013 the company achieved a better Omanisation rate by recruiting 417 citizens, and the company plans to raise the rate of Omanisation by recruiting an additional 552 citizens.