The 32- member state forum will approach international cooperation in science and technology and on optimising ocean economy. H E Dr Hamad bin Said al Oufi, Undersecretary for Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, said the conference aims at exploring economic opportunities in oceans and seas, the role played by technology in enhancing the return of ocean economy to the global economy in general and the domestic economy in particular.
“The conference will look at specifying the most significant industries that support future technologies within ocean economy, highlighting opportunities in Oman’s seas, and discussing a mechanism for international cooperation to further support the national capacities for building ocean economy,” he said.
According to the organisers of the event, Oman is proud to hold the latest edition of the prestigious event, the opportunity which it got based on the merit of having a diverse marine environment. This enables Oman to build sustainable manufacturing capacities based on future sciences and technology.
Dr Yousef bin Abdullah al Balushi, director of Transfer of Science, Knowledge and Technology Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said the conference focuses on a number of themes, including commercial fishing and aquaculture, shipping and logistics, production and storage of energy extracted from oceans’ surface and deep ocean, and mining from oceans and sea surfaces and deep sea mining.
The theme of the conference matches the sultanate’s existing plan for achieving economic diversification through transformative industries, tourism, transportation, logistics, fisheries and mining which are sectors where national efforts can be enhanced and supported within the ocean economy framework. “The conference will also be accompanied by a number of events, such as the industries and technology exhibition, a workshop on Science-Policy Interface (SPI), and a meeting for the Foreign Ministers Advisors for Science and Technology Network (FMASTN).
“The conference, with participation of policy makers, businessmen, academics, innovators and entrepreneurs, is also expected to attract a big turnout of more than 900 participants,” he said. It will also provide an international business platform for discussing the economic cooperation in the industries related to ocean economy and future technology and exploring investment opportunities in Oman’s open waters.