Palestinian companies eye Oman as export base

Khalil al Khonji (right) at the Palestinian Expo on Saturday

Muscat - 

A delegation of Palestinian manufacturers is in Muscat to seek out Omani partners to use the sultanate as a base for their GCC operations. 

Being held at the Oman International Exhibition Centre and running until March 16, 33 businesses are participating in the first Palestinian Expo, showcasing products as diverse as dates, cosmetics and furniture.

Both Oman and Palestine are part of a common Arab market, which means no duty has to be paid on products traded between the two countries. 

Visiting the exhibition for its inauguration, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Khalil al Khonji said that Palestinian companies could use Oman as a manufacturing and export base as they seek to expand their presence in the GCC.

He said, “We have seen some very good quality international products. Some of the manufacturers are here to market their products but some of them are also looking to start their own units in Oman.”

Dr Louay Issa, Palestinian Ambassador in Oman, said the participating Palestinian companies would use the opportunity to set up a manufacturing and export base in Oman – although there are no concrete plans yet. 

Eyad Bdeir, general manager, Arabian Gate Expo, told Muscat Daily that although the Palestinian firms would like to set up shop in Oman and export into the GCC from the sultanate, the initial aim of the delegation is to get Omani agents to distribute their products in the country.

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