Anglo-Omani Society hold reception in London
July 28, 2015 | 10:54 PM
by Times News Service

London: On the occasion of the Omani British Friendship Association (OBFA) Financial Services Roundtable, The Anglo-Omani Society and OBFA hosted a reception on Monday in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of York and His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, patrons of OBFA.

Attended by leading dignitaries and senior level business figures from both Britain and the Sultanate, the event, hosted by the Anglo-Omani Society and OBFA at the Society’s premises in Sackville Street, was organised on the occasion of the OBFA Financial Services Roundtable.

Aimed at enhancing financial and business co-operation between both countries, the programme of events included sessions on the development of public-private partnerships (PPP), SMEs, and Islamic banking, with an emphasis on how the United Kingdom (UK) can assist Oman in these developments. To this end, the reception closed the programme of events offering a unique opportunity for commercial networking.

Robert Alston, chairman of The Anglo-Omani Society, welcomed the attendees at the reception ,saying, “The Anglo Omani Society is pleased to partner OBFA in today's important discussions about the further development of the economic ties between the two countries.”

The Omani British friendship Association was formed in 1991 and welcomed Maqbool bin Ali bin Sultan and Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles as chairmen last year. Its particular strength is the senior level of its members and their ability to inform key decision-makers on issues of common interests which can help facilitate trade and investment between Oman and Britain.

During the reception, Maqbool bin Ali bin Sultan stressed the importance of the diversification of the economy and the human resources development in the Sultanate. He added that there are many profitable investment opportunities in these areas and encouraged British companies to invest in feasible projects. OBFA, he said, will be pleased to provide more details on these investments.

Sultan also spoke about the Financial Services Roundtable conference at the Mansion House, which was well attended by a variety of experts in finance and banking and representatives of companies from both the UK and Oman.

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