Omani investors are interested in investing in multiple sectors in Afghanistan including processing of precious stones, a delegation of private sector from Oman said in Kabul on Friday.
The Omani investors have been invited by Afghan companies.
The Omani delegation said they have visited Afghanistan to represent 20 companies in Oman.
Precious stones processing, saffron cultivation and processing and dry fruit are the sectors in which Omani delegation said they can invest in as they have carried out assessments in this regard.
“The idea is to invest in precious stones, especially in processing of emerald. Besides that, other parts, such as dry fruit, oil and gas are the sectors that are profitable in Afghanistan if we work on them,” said Nasir al-Bloshi, an Omani investor. “We are interested in those sectors if opportunities are provided.”
“There are many opportunities in the field of saffron cultivation which is an important plant in the world. I think investment will be profitable in this sector and this plant has a good market in Oman,” said Mohamad al-Reyami, an Omani investor.
Afghan private sector members said government needs to ensure a smooth ground for Omanis’ investment in Afghanistan.
“Besides other investment opportunities in the country, there is a huge interest from foreign businessmen, especially the Arabs. We need to attract this investment into an appropriate context and provide the groundwork for Arab investors in the country,” said Muhibullah, head of B2B, a business consultancy company.
Economic affairs analysts said the Afghan government should ensure a proper ground for Arabs’ investment in the country.