Dubai: Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, on the sidelines of laying the foundation stone for Sultanate’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Thursday.
The leaders discussed ways to boost the Sultanate as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participation at the expo at this stage and in the first half of next year.
They also discussed the agreed mechanism for registering these institutions and classifying them with the Public Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises, as about 500 SMEs have been registered to date.
Following the meeting, the foundation stone for the Sultanate’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was laid, with the participation of Najib Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai, Mohsen bin Khamis Al Balushi, Advisor at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Commissioner General of the Sultanate at Expo 2020 Dubai, Dr Khalid bin Said Al Jaradi, Sultanate’s ambassador to the UAE and a number of officials from the Sultanate and the Oman’s office in Dubai.
The members of the ministerial committee supervising the preparations for the Sultanate’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai were also present on the occasion.
The 30-year-old frankincense tree was specially brought from the Sultanate to Dubai as it is the main emblem on which the Sultanate’s pavilion was built.
It was brought in a stand that provides a virtual environment with advanced technology designed and manufactured by Omani youth from the Innovation Factory, the consultant to develop the Sultanate Pavilion. It should be noted that Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai, UAE, from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.