Organized by Ithraa, Oman’s investment and export development agency, Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Madayn, the high-profile four-day show is designed to boost trade relations between Rwanda and Oman.
The exhibition is expected to showcase a host of leading Omani businesses from food and beverage, plastics, textiles, metals and minerals, construction and logistics.
Mrs Maymuna Al Adawi, Ithraa’s Director for Export Facilitation said: "With its economy expanding by 8.6% in 2018, Rwanda has proven to be an economic role model for the continent, with leading business analysts singling it out as one of the emerging economies to watch for in terms of investment opportunities, value for money and economic growth.”
He added that while many African economies are known for distinct exports or income streams that have remained unchanged for years, Rwanda has chosen a different path by embarking on a concerted effort to diversify exports and revenue streams. “Indeed, this approach has seen services become the leading driver of GDP growth in the past few years, taking over from agriculture. Given the economy’s success, we see multiple opportunities in Rwanda for Omani exporters. It’s clearly an exciting time to be showcasing Oman-made products in this important African market.”
Mr. Ayman Al Hsani, OPEX Committee Head explained that Omani products have built a strong reputation internationally, and given Rwanda’s diversification plans “we’re looking to forge long-term and mutually beneficial trade ties. OPEX is an excellent opportunity for us initiate those connections and take trade partnerships forward. As we’ve seen at recent OPEX shows in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE I’m confident the Kigali event will deliver positive results for everyone involved.”
OPEX is a trade show designed to promote Omani products exported to over 140 countries. Since its launch in 2012 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, OPEX has seen a steady increase in the number of participating companies.
During the exhibition, Rwanda Development Board will organize a special session at the Kigali Convention Centre on Monday 2nd March to present the various business and investment opportunities in Rwanda to key business leaders from Oman.
Besides, B2B meetings between the Omani industries and the investors, business owners and commercial agencies in Rwanda will also take place ion Monday co-hosted and supported by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF)