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Fisheries exports to contribute RO1.3bn to Oman's GDP in 2023: MoAF

Fisheries exports to contribute RO1.3bn to Oman’s GDP in 2023: MoAF

Oman’s annual fish production is 347,541 tonnes and the nation exported much more than 176,711 tonnes in 2017. MoAF is now creating an integrated nation-wide worth chain to enhance exports from sea to international markets in much less than 36 hours.

MoAF and the Oman Aviation Group (OAG) lately held a fish export occasion at the new cargo terminal of Muscat airport.

The occasion brought collectively much more than 50 crucial stakeholders beneath the theme ‘Broadening our Horizons’ and focused on strengthening export methods.

As a leader in this integrated worth chain, OAG has been investing heavily in logistics. These contain modernisation of facilities at Muscat, Salalah and Duqm airports, a new cargo terminal at Muscat airport with state-of-the-art cold chain handling capabilities, the improvement of airport totally free zones and logistics hubs to streamline cargo operations all through Oman.

“OAG has created a robust value chain linking aviation, tourism and logistics sectors across Oman,” mentioned Mustafa al Hinai, CEO, OAG.

“We are the catalyst for growth. With the rollout of National Cargo Strategy, we will ensure that Oman’s fisheries sector grow in premium international markets. This will allow the Sultanate of Oman to further diversify its economy in the coming years.”

Oman’s fisheries sector comprises 49,299 fishermen, 23,232 tiny fishing boats, 135 coastal fleet, 127 landing websites, 44 industrial fleet, 40 processing plants and 24 fishing ports.

OAG mentioned that the primary takeaway from the occasion was that Oman is effectively positioned geographically to advantage from the shift in intercontinental East-West airfreight from Europe to the Middle East. “Moving forward, improving in-country capabilities along with greater alignment between aviation and fisheries will remain a priority for both the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Oman Aviation Group,” it mentioned.

The occasion highlighted the require for focusing on escalating production volumes, investing in cold chain facilities and getting freight partnerships for development and improvement in the fisheries sector.

It was the second in OAG’s ‘Air Cargo in Focus’ series that brings collectively stakeholders from top industries to recognize possibilities current in Oman’s aviation sector and other sectors for future collaborations. OAG will continue its series in 2019 with a concentrate on financial expansion.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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