Times of Oman
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2012 was a landmark year in Oman-Thai relations
December 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana

The year 2012 is the first year of my assignment as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Sultanate of Oman. During the year I have witnessed the progressively but solidly developing Oman-Thailand relationship, particularly in agriculture, energy and tourism sector, to name a few.

In the area of agriculture, Dr. Fuad bin Ja'afar bin Mohammed Al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Sultanate of Oman, paid an official visit to Thailand in May 2012, followed by an Omani mission comprising delegates from the Department of Fisheries, who visited Thailand as participants of a project organised by the Royal Thai Embassy, Muscat, in the following month.

To follow-up the visit of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, which laid a solid ground for enhanced cooperation, a Thai delegation from the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Kingdom of Thailand, came to the Sultanate in September 2012 to discuss further ways and means to strengthen bilateral cooperation. It seems to me that the potential in the area of agriculture and fisheries is enormous, which  the two countries could to explore and utilise for mutual benefit.

Apart from that, energy is another sector which has made high impact in terms of revenue earnings for Oman and is in the interest of Thailand. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of PTTEP Oman Co. Ltd., a Thai oil company that has been operating in the Sultanate since 2002. It also happens to be the first year of the company's exploration phase where oil production began to be commercially viable.

As further evidence of the close cooperation between Oman and Thailand in the area of energy, Arak Chonlatanon, Minister of Energy of the Kingdom of Thailand, visited the Sultanate to participate in the well head platform sail away ceremony at Sohar in October 2012. The Zawtika project well head was constructed by Larson and Toubro Co. Ltd., an Indian engineering firm, in the Sultanate of Oman for PTTEP International to be used at the Gulf of Martaban, Union of Myanmar. Thus making it a joint project among four countries for their mutual prosperity. I believe that this friendly atmosphere among both countries presents an opportunity for the Omani and Thai oil industry to exchange their expertise and technology.

Dr Pornchai Danvivathana is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Sultanate

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