A ten-man trade mission from the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is presently in Muscat, Oman, to discuss potential deals. The Oman Daily Observer has reported that the group from the former East German state is focused on setting up partnerships in the environmental technology and agricultural sectors.
Captained by Ralf Nagel, State Secretary from the Ministry of Economics and Technology in Saxony-Anhalt, most of the deals being discussed surround such projects as creating alternative energy sources, wastewater management, erosion, landscape and pollution control equipment and technology.
Nagel is quoted in the Oman Times as saying that the Omani businessmen involved in the trade talks “have expressed firm interests in setting up trade alliances in both manufacturing and marketing.” He is also quoted as telling the that the trade mission is “here not only to market German products.”
Apart from establishing Oman as a stepping-stone for German trade and economic development, the results of the trade mission should also help to build a foundation for German exports in the region. “We feel that Oman is a good place to set up plants for all GCC countries,” was Nagel’s response to the growing prospects for profits and trade in the GCC.
Discussions are being conducted with Oman’s government ministries, universities, and private sector. –(Albawaba-MEBG)