ISLAMABAD, Jan 07, (Asia Free Press): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that Pakistan was looking forward to a sustainable economic relation with Oman for increasing trade and investment in both countries.
The Prime Minister spoke to a delegation of Omani businessmen led by Redha Juma Mohamed Ali Al-Saleh, Chairman Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and including Pakistani businessmen from Oman, reported APP.
“Pakistan and Oman have decades old ties based on common culture, brotherhood and people to people contacts,” Prime Minister Khan said while discussing Pak-Oman relations with the visiting Omani delegation.
It is for the first time after twenty years an Omani delegation was on a visit to Pakistan to explore business and investment opportunities, the 22 member delegation from Oman informed PM Khan.
The business friendly policies of the current Khan led government are providing wide opportunities to investors in tourism development, fisheries sector, ware-housing and storage facility development in port cities and development projects in Gwadar, said Omani delegates.
The delegation also showed keen interest in investment opportunities in ship service connecting Oman, coastal cities of Pakistan, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, especially industrialization of Gwadar, agriculture sector and a proposed corridor comprising land and sea routes between Oman and Pakistan connecting the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and South East Asia with Pakistan.
During the meeting both parties exchanged views about the contribution of Pakistani diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic and the assistance by the Kingdom of Oman in release of Pakistani prisoners in Oman.
Both sides agreed on increased cooperation in the areas of common interest and steps to increase mutual trade, a statement released by PM office said.
PM Imran Khan not only welcomed the said delegation and its support during the COVID-19, but also directed the concerned government entities to take the obligatory steps for an increased cooperation in the areas of trade and investment between Oman and Pakistan, it added.