Billed as the Oman Business Road Show, the tour is the highest-level trade delegation from the country in twenty years. The sultanate is trying to broaden its economy away from oil and gas production. It’s also hoping to reassure investors who’ve been shying away from the Middle East since the Arab Spring.
David Hamod is president of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
“The focus of the visit to Houston will be on companies involved in transportation and logistics, including construction and engineering; manufacturing, including light manufacturing; tourism; and health care, and of course Houston has some preeminent healthcare facilities.”
The Omani delegation will meet with potential investors tomorrow at the Westin Oaks Houston in the Galleria. Accompanying the delegation are a number of high-level U.S. officials — including Andrew Card, former chief of staff to President George W. Bush.