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Estonian Ambassador in Oman: The Two Countries’ Economic Relations Have Great Potential

12.12.2013

On 8 December, Ambassador of Estonia to Oman Lauri Bambus met on a working visit in Muscat with the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy and Minister of Manpower Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Bakri.

At the meeting to advance bilateral relations between the countries, Oman’s interest in cooperating more closely with Estonia was discussed. According to Ambassador Bambus, relations between the two countries have great potential which has already started to be successfully taken advantage of by the first entrepreneurs. “The best example is the Estonian firm Nortal, which has become an international software development company, and its activity in Oman,” explained Bambus. “In its three years of operating in Oman, Nortal AS has stood out positively and could provide an encouraging example to other Estonian companies, especially after the signing of multiple cooperation agreements with Oman’s government institutions.

Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy noted at the meeting that regardless of the strong competition in the IT sector, Omanis have faith in Estonian companies. “The One Stop Shop project for a consolidated e-services environment, which has been signed for two more years, should enable Omanis to interact with their state more easily in the future. 66 e-services will be created which will involve Oman’s police, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman’s chamber of commerce, and many other government institutions,” explained Minister Al Sunaidy.

According to Minister of Manpower Al Bakri, Oman’s main focus in the coming years will be creating new jobs and raising the quality of education. “Both Estonian companies and offers for educational cooperation are welcome in Oman,” noted Minister Al Bakri. The sultanate will certainly need increasingly more IT specialists in the following years, as emphasised by the Chairman of the Information Technology Authority of Oman Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaigi. “The G-Cloud project that has been signed with the Estonian company Nortal will provide new challenges for the country of Oman as a whole as well as separately for all of the small and medium-size enterprises that are active in the sultanate’s information technology sector,” stressed Al Ruzaigi.

Since both Estonia and Oman’s ambassadors are non-residing, it was recognised at the meeting that naming honorary consuls would help to better organise bilateral relations.

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/11303521615/.

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