“For us, Oman is definitely a market with great potential. Its strategic location on the western flank of the Indian Ocean together with its historical ties with East Africa and Iran make Oman an ideal regional hub bridging Southeast Asia with this part of the world and beyond,” he said.
H E Katavetin was speaking at the inauguration of the second Thai Trade Exhibition which began at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday. He said the exhibition would help expand relations. “The [exhibition] aims to enhance cooperation in trade and investment between Thailand and Oman, and to develop networking opportunities for businessmen and women entrepreneurs, particularly SMEs from both countries. In the process of so doing, it helps strengthening people-to-people ties which are fundamental to the attempt to uplift our economic relations to a higher level,” he said.
The exhibition features dozens of Thai SMEs from the health and wellness sectors. Thai products on display include spa and beauty items, handicrafts, textiles and food and beverages. Another exhibition on the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is also being held on the sidelines of the trade exhibition.
It also has cultural performances such as traditional Thai dances and umbrella painting. The exhibition opened under the patronage of H E Mohammed Yousuf al Zarafi, Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition will conclude on Saturday.