Oman and Africa : a strong relation

 

Oman and Africa : a strong relation

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache

 

Recently a business delegation from the Sultanate of Oman came to Tanzania to strengthen economic ties. Tanzania is seeking to embark on a major industrialisation drive , as  international media reported  during the Oman delegation visit.

Enhance economic ties

Oman and Tanzania are seeking new investment partnerships. Duqm, Salalah and Sohar ports could be linked to  Dar es Salaam Port for new markets. Oman is indeed willing to open  new markets in Africa through Tanzania and its  coastline on the Indian Ocean. Tanzania could be the gateway to several countries on the continent, observers said before and during the Oman delegation visit. Oman is planning to invest in Sugar, cassava, cereals crops processing industry in Tanzania.

Oman and Africa, especially eastern Africa have strong relations for many years. In the video below,  Michael Katz, chief executive officer of Oman Aqua Science, said that ecological studies found that Oman and Zanzibar used the first trading vessel. For which purpose ? Agriculture and Fisheries.

Diversity

Lemon Photo credit OAPGRC

Lemon
Photo credit OAPGRC

The agricultural and fisheries sectors play an important role in the daily lives of the omanis. These sectors represent 406.1 millions OR of the Oman GDP in 2014. The fisheries sector increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, 211 000 fishes were captured in 2013, whereas in 2013, there were  206 000. In Oman, bottom trawling is prohibited as the Sultanate is committed to preserve the environment and the marine ecosystem.

The Sultanate has a diverse agriculture and climate said, in the film,  Dr Nadiya Al Saady of Oman Animal & Plant Genetic Resources Center ( OAPGRC). To the view of  Shawn Basson of Nehad Agronomy Services, Oman is the food basket of the middle east from January to March. It provides food to its counterparts.

Sustainable strategies and opportunities

«  Oman is part of the GCC [The Gulf Cooperation Council]. It is very closed to India, subcontinent, Eastern Africa. These people have 1,5 billion people leaving there. They have a great demand for food, » said Saleh Al Shanfari from Oman Food Investment Holding co.

With climate change opportunities and promotion of countries sustainable strategies, customers are more demanding.

«  People want to know where the food is produced. People want to have fresh food and organic food, »she emphasized.

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Author: Houmi

Based in Paris, Houmi Ahamed- Mikidache is the founder and editor in chief of Era Environnement. She manages two teams of journalists based in Africa who write on climate change and sustainable development. She is also a media trainer.

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