Switzerland’s focus in Oman
The MENA Strategy 2021–24 identifies the following priorities for Switzerland in Oman:
1. Peace, security and human rights
Switzerland has launched an initiative to strengthen security and stability in the region in implementation of the memorandum of understanding on mediation and peacebuilding signed with Oman.
2. Economic affairs, finance, science
Switzerland is exploring opportunities for Swiss companies, especially in logistics, infrastructure and tourism.
On the economic front, Switzerland and Oman have concentrated on improving the general conditions for trade in recent years. A bilateral agreement on the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments entered into force in 2005, followed by an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation of income derived from international air transport in 2009. A free trade agreement between EFTA and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states entered into force in 2014.
Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE)
Information on countries, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Trade statistics, Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA)
3. Sustainable development
Switzerland is strengthening existing health initiatives and engaging in dialogue on vocational education and training. It includes Oman in regional initiatives in areas such as water management, food security and healthcare.