In a PTA, trading partners reduce import duties on certain identified products to boost trade.
The bilateral trade has increased from USD 5.4 billion in 2020-21 to USD 9.94 billion during 2021-2022.
Speaking at the India-Oman business council meeting, Oman’s Minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef invited Indian businesses to explore opportunities.
Oman has also agreed to fast-track approval for Indian pharma products that are already registered by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), UK drug regulator MHRA and European Medicines Agency.
“We may consider doing a preferential trade agreement with Oman to begin with because we are looking for a comprehensive agreement between the GCC region and India, (which is) under active discussion,” Goyal said.
He also said that there is a vast potential to boost bilateral trade and investments between the countries.
He is leading a 40-member delegation to India.
Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Chair FICCI India-Arab Council and Chairman, Sun International, said there is huge potential for both the countries to further strengthen economic ties.