Oman-Lithuania ties to focus on technology, food sectors [Times of Oman]
(Times of Oman Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Muscat: Ties between Lithuania and the Sultanate of Oman are developing quickly and Oman's consulate, which opened in the Baltic state last year, is contributing to the growing relationship.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, Boleta Senkiene, honorary consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Lithuania, said, "The objective of the consulate is to assist Lithuanian and Omani businessmen in sealing contracts in many areas of business, especially information technology and food products."
Senkiene, who was in Oman, was speaking as head of a delegation from Lithuania that participated in the recently concluded Comex. "We are glad to have participated in an exhibition that receives a tremendous response. But what made us very happy is that we were recognised as a country that has a large pool of IT specialists. There was a good response to our nation's pavilion," she said.
She noted that the delegation was also able to promote its products, software and developers during the exhibition. "We have been working closely with the ITA since we first participated in Comex three years ago. Now, we are glad that an MoU between Lithuania's Minister of Transport and Communication and ITA is in the offing," Senkiene said.
People she met included Dr. Ali Al Bimani, vice chancellor of the SQU, to discuss the possibility of cooperating in the university's e-university project. "We are going to become a trustworthy partner in the IT sector," she added.
Senkiene also explained that INFOBALT, the internationally recognised representative of Lithuanian ICT industry that has 140 members, can play a role in introducing the concept of information technology to Omani students.
"After all, to be good in this industry, you have to start early. Besides, IT is relevant in all fields of life," Senkiene said.
Stressing that the ties between Oman and Lithuania are growing from strength to strength, Senkiene said, "My main message for Lithuanian companies is to come here and find new markets to sell their products. Our food industry's products are known for their superior quality and are doing very well across the world, and we hope they will be made available in Oman, too. We are keen on tapping this market, as I want Oman to be the gateway to all GCC countries."
She added that one company from Lithuania is already making arrangements with the Lulu hypermarket to sell Lithuanian chocolate. "We hope that Omani business sector will invest in Lithuania and discover that our country is a hub to the Baltic States," Senkiene said.
Stating that Lithuania is looking for partnerships in other areas too, Senkiene said, "My meetings with Dr Ahmed bin Nasser al Bakri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, covered the fact that Lithuania can offer expertise in the area of agriculture, since it plays a crucial role in the economy of the country.
"We also discussed the fact that land in Lithuania can be used to farm agricultural products meant for use in Oman," she said. Senkiene said that an Oman webpage for the Consulate will be opened in Lithuania for the benefit of Lithuanians who want to learn more about Oman. "It will have information for those who want to come here for business. During my meeting with Dr Abdulmonam Mansoor Al Hasani, minister of information, we discussed how we can promote Oman in Lithuania," she said.
Senkiene announced that Omani Cultural Day is likely to be hosted in Lithuania in 2016. Her meeting with Salim bin Mohammed al Mahruqi, Undersecretary of Heritage, explored the possibility of hosting this event.
The honorary consul was sure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation, led by Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will visit the country in June and raise the ties between both the countries to the next level.
Senkiene thanked Anees Essa Al Zedjali, honorary consul of Lithuania in Oman, for his enthusiastic cooperation.
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