Muscat: The 12th session of the Joint Omani-German Committee meetings were held to further enhance ties in trade, investment and knowledge exchange between the two countries. Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who headed the Omani delegation, said the countries can work together in four main areas, including trade and industry, human resources, agriculture and fisheries, and health.
"Though the Sultanate of Oman does indeed rank high in the indices of development success, we can never afford to be complacent. All of us have much to learn from the experiences and examples of our friends and partners such as German, and we wish to do so fully," Sayyid Badr said.
One of Oman's top priorities is having German knowledge and technology in renewable energy fields. Germany is a leader in that field, and it is an area which the Sultanate is beginning to explore. "We won't always have oil. In the future we have to focus on solar energy," said an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The official also said that German training could help Omanis develop practical skills such as carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills, which would in turn benefit Omani enterprises. He added that the Omani delegates hoped their German counterparts would consider Oman as an ideal location for trade with other Middle East and Asian nations.
Its strategic position on the Indian Ocean makes it safe and accessible, he said. "We want them to treat Oman as a gateway to the rest of the GCC and Iran and Central Asia," he said. Oman provides good opportunities for investment in a variety of sectors, so Anne Roth Herkes, Germany's Minister of State at the Ministry of Economy and Technology used her visit to Oman to meet with various ministers to discuss cooperation, including the ministers of Higher Education, Health, Commerce and Industry, Oil and Gas, and Transportation.