Oman plans to import more bananas, mangoes
By staff - Sun Oct 23, 4:24 am
FILIPINO traders can now look forward to exporting fruits to Oman after officials in the Middle Eastern nation had expressed interest in setting up joint ventures here, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
Demand for oriental fruits like Philippine banana, pineapple, and mangoes “are gaining strong foothold” in the Oman mainstream market, the DFA said, Quoting Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) chairman Khalil Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Khonji.
As a result, Al Khonji said that some Omani investors may explore establishing joint venture projects with Filipino counterparts to ensure sufficient supply of the same products in the local market.
In response, Philippine Ambassador-designate Joselito Jimeno told Al Khonji in a recent meeting that the country may bring in a select number of business experts to Oman to conduct Business Forum on “Doing Business in the Philippines.”
The Aquino administration had promised smooth business transactions in the country by cutting red tape and corruption even as the Philippines slipped to 136th among 183 economies surveyed in ease of doing business by the World Bank this year.
Export receipts of fruits and vegetables jumped 39.1 percent to $85.69 million in August this year from $61.61 million during the same period in 2010, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
Stressing on the importance of tourism as a means for more trade exchanges, Al Khonji said that in the early 1970s and 80s the Philippines was a favorite destination of Omani tourists who visit Southeast Asian countries.
To attract more Omani tourists to the Philippines, he suggested accelerating exchanges in the business community, the DFA said