Muscat: More than 40 government and private bodies and more than 100 Omani companies and factories came together on Tuesday to explore and enhance business opportunities at the Meet-the-Buyer event organised by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE).
The event was aimed at enhancing connections between public and private bodies, boosting cooperation and advancing the sales of Omani firms and factories.
Organised as part of PEIE’s Oman Manufacturing Group (OMG 2018) series of events and designed to familiarise Omani businesses with the opportunities in the market, the event allowed them to meet prospective buyers, sellers, and collaborators. Local suppliers and officials of government and private sector procurement departments came under one platform to explore ways of cooperation.
Speaking at the event, Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, CEO of PEIE, stated that Meet-the-Buyer was organised to encourage the purchasing of locally manufactured products, discuss ways to enhance cooperation with local suppliers, and discuss obstacles and solutions.
The PEIE had an extensive marketing plan to promote Omani products locally, as well as overseas. “In addition to organising exhibitions and events at the local level, PEIE has been part of a number of international events in cooperation with the private sector during the first quarter of 2018. PEIE has taken part in the International Fair of Khartoum in January, Gulfood 2018 in UAE in February, Int’l Agro Food Expo in Kuwait in March, and Malaysia International Halal Showcase in April,” said Al Hasani.
He emphasised that PEIE was always keen to attend such exhibitions to maximise benefits for Omani companies by bringing them together under one platform. This would also support the Origin Oman campaign, a national initiative designed to encourage consumers and organisations to buy Oman made goods and services, promote national pride in the manufacturing industry and highlight the economic importance of buying locally manufactured products and services.
A film was then screened to highlight the vision, mission, achievements and future plans of PEIE. The film elaborated on the PEIE vision to enhance the Sultanate’s position as a leading regional centre of manufacturing, ICT, innovation and entrepreneurship excellence, and its mission to attract industrial investments and provide continued support, through regionally and globally competitive strategies, good infrastructure, value adding services, and easy governmental processes.