The Grand Hyatt Muscat was the site of a Business Seminar and networking luncheon organized by the Omani Center for Investment Promotion and Export Development (OCIPED.) On hand for the meeting which took place last Thursday were key business players who accompanied the Trade and Investment Minister of the United Kingdom, Lord Stephen Green.
Maqbool bin Ali Sultan, the Omani Minister of Commerce and Industry as well as the Chairman of OCIPED gave the keynote address. Ali Sultan praised the “special relationship” shared by the UK and Oman. This special relationship was expressed by the stature of the members of the British trade delegation, the first such mission to visit the Sultanate in 16 years.
Included in the delegation were some of Britain’s most influential business leaders, including CEOs and top executives from about 20 UK businesses spread among a host of sectors.
Lord Green also addressed the business leaders, praising UK-Omani relations. He said that the partnership between Oman and the UK is "longstanding, deep-rooted, comprehensive and almost unique", and believes that both parties should take advantage of the great “strategic opportunity” they have for broadening their commercial, trade and economic ties.