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OPEX 2015 to be held in Jeddah next May

With the aspiration to highlight the preparation efforts for the upcoming 4th Omani Products Exhibition – OPEX 2015 which will take place from 18 to 21 May, 2015 at Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Organising Committee of Omani Products Exhibition (OPEX) hosted a meeting with business owners yesterday (Tuesday) at Waljat College of Applied Sciences in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat.

Organised by a committee formed by Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (ITHRAA), and Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), the Omani Products Exhibition in Jeddah endeavours to promote Omani products and increase their exports the strategic market of Jeddah.

Advantages
Owners of companies and industrialists were acquainted with the participation process, the advantages and provided support. Through participating, the exhibiting companies will support the integrated efforts of PEIE, ITHRAA and OCCI to develop the Omani exports, and they will ensure their involvement in the largest Omani Products Exhibition in KSA. Additionally, the companies will have the opportunity to meet and sign up with agents, importers and bulk buyers to increase their exports to KSA. On the other hand, visitors to the venue will meet top quality Omani products exporters under one roof, meet Omani government bodies responsible for exports, acquire distributor rights, agency contracts for quality Omani products, and grow the products’ portfolio by associating with Omani Products.

Ayman Al Hasani, Chairman of OPEX Organising Committee and Vice Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), stressed the exhibition in Jeddah aims to build upon the success of the previous exhibitions held in Dubai, Doha and Riyadh, through presenting an ultimate platform to introduce high quality Omani products to the visitors. “Through this exhibition, we aim to introduce the most important industries in Oman to the companies and consumers in Jeddah, and thus highlight the abundance, variety and quality enjoyed by these products. We also aim to create new markets, expand market share of the locally manufactured products, and open prospects for further cooperation between companies in the Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Largest OPEX
On his part, Eng. Basim bin Ali Al Nassri, member of the committee and Director General of Marketing and Media at PEIE, emphasised that the expo to be held Jeddah is the largest in comparison to the previous ones. “We hope that the event will play a pivotal role in stimulating trade relations between Oman and Saudi Arabia, and eventually expand the trade activities of the local companies in the regional and global markets,” he pointed out.

Partnerships
“We have planned to invite Saudi companies and business owners to attend the exhibition in Jeddah, to be acquainted with the outstanding capabilities of Omani. This will ultimately contribute to win commercial deals and partnerships,” informed Hamood Al Balushi, member of the committee and Director of Omani Products Department.

Fahmi Al Hinai, Vice Chairman of the Committee and Director of Poly Products L.L.C, said, “Since the exhibition in Riyadh witnessed a significant success, Jeddah was chosen to be the destination this year. It should be noted the ratio of exports to Saudi Arabia has increased after the exhibition was held in Riyadh. In fact, these exhibitions are important to increase exports and advance investment.”

The four-day Omani Products Exhibition to be held in Jeddah will offer visitors the opportunity to explore details of Omani products under one roof. Offering the apt avenue for Saudi importers, agents, distributors, re-exporters of products, the event will be an excellent opportunity to meet, network and sign up with the exporters directly. The event also is a great opportunity for networking with the Omani government authorities responsible for promotion and export development of Omani products.