As part of its ongoing efforts to support local products and owners of small and medium enterprises, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) held a meeting with officials from commercial centres and hypermarkets on Tuesday.
The meeting was held in the presence of H E Dr Saleh bin Said Masan, Undersecretary for Commerce and Industry in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, Eng Redha bin Juma al Saleh, chairman of the Board of Directors of OCCI, and Halima bint Rashid al Zaria, chairperson of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA).
The meeting aimed at promoting and encouraging Omani products so they reach all segments of society, and creating new outlets and markets for these.
Eng Saleh described supporting Omani products and owners of SMEs as a social issue. “Everyone should be a partner in making these successful.”
He informed that OCCI is keen to bring all parties together under one umbrella and give them an opportunity to hear their views. “This will facilitate coordination for a unified goal and set a clear mechanism to achieve the growth and development of Omani products.”
H E Dr Masan noted that many SMEs suffer due to lack of access to the shelves of big commercial stores and hypermarkets. “This has become a subject that disturbs the parties involved in the development of SMEs,” he said.
“The government seeks the welfare of all parties, including commercial complexes and retail stores, for which we aim to find a solution that serves everyone.”
H E Dr Masan informed that the procedures followed before Omani products get shelf space in commercial complexes and hypermarkets are tedious and expensive.
“We hope owners of commercial outlets allow the entry of products of SMEs. This will serve all sides,” H E Dr Masan said.
Halima informed that SMEDA works with all parties to promote SMEs and make them competitive locally as well internationally. Certain malls and retail stores have initiatives to support SMEs and deliver their products to consumers at lower costs.