Omani Consul General Calls for Increased Trade with Pakistan

Karachi, Eng. Sami Abdullah Salim AlKhanjari, the Consul General of Oman in Karachi, expressed dissatisfaction with the limited trade volume between Oman and Pakistan, emphasizing the potential for increased commerce in various sectors. During a meeting at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), AlKhanjari highlighted that Pakistan has been limited to exporting rice, mangoes, and potatoes to Oman, neglecting other viable agricultural products.

According to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AlKhanjari advised the business community in Karachi to consider exporting a broader range of fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products to Oman to enhance the current trade volume. He pointed out that Pakistani rice, known for its quality, has significant export potential. AlKhanjari also noted that there is demand in Oman for Pakistani textiles and leather products, including towels and garments, which are currently not being exported.

The meeting, attended by KCCI President Iftikhar Ahmed Sheikh, Senior Vice President Altaf A. Ghaffar, Former President Majyd Aziz, and other committee members, also focused on investment opportunities in Oman. AlKhanjari mentioned Oman’s five major ports, which have attracted substantial investments from countries like China, Saudi Arabia, and India, and encouraged Pakistani investors to explore these opportunities.

Addressing visa-related concerns, AlKhanjari revealed ongoing efforts to introduce a ‘One Visa’ system for all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which would simplify travel and trade. He also highlighted the strong people-to-people connections between Oman and Pakistan, with thousands of Omanis living in Pakistan and about 300,000 Pakistanis working in Oman.

Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala, joining the meeting via Zoom, echoed the sentiments of strengthening Pak-Oman relations through increased business opportunities. He suggested using Oman’s Salalah Port for transshipment, which could benefit Pakistani exporters currently relying on Dubai Port.

Earlier in the meeting, KCCI President Iftikhar Ahmed Sheikh underscored the longstanding ties between Pakistan and Oman and called for reducing trade barriers, diversifying product ranges, and fostering business collaboration. He also highlighted the potential in sectors like energy, agriculture, livestock, IT, and minerals for Omani investors through the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).

The meeting concluded with a mutual desire to deepen bilateral relations and increase trade and investment cooperation between the two nations.

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