‘Made in Qatar’ of­fers new co-op­er­a­tion ties with Oman, says Qatar Cham­ber chair­man

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The ‘Made in Qatar’ Oman edi­tion, which con­cludes to­day (De­cem­ber 6) in Mus­cat, has opened new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Qatar and Oman to strengthen co-op­er­a­tion ties in a wide range of sec­tors, Qatar Cham­ber chair­man Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Jas­sim al-Thani has said.

Sheikh Khal­ifa lauded the stag­ing of the four-day ex­hi­bi­tion, which was held for the sec­ond time out­side Qatar, for its abil­ity to at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors, es­pe­cially ma­jor Omani in­vestors.

He said the ex­hi­bi­tion aims to pro­mote Qatari in­dus­tries and ex­plore the needs of the Qatari mar­ket in new in­dus­tries that meet lo­cal de­mand and sup­ports Qatari in­dus­trial ex­ports by en­cour­ag­ing Qatari busi­ness­men and for­eign in­vestors to es­tab­lish in­dus­trial pro­jects in Qatar and take ad­van­tage of the in­cen­tives pro­vided by the State to en­cour­age in­vest­ment in in­dus­trial sec­tors.

The Qatar Cham­ber of­fi­cial also praised the high turnout of at­ten­dees dur­ing the Qatar-Oman Busi­ness Fo­rum held on the side­lines of ‘Made in Qatar’, say­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of hun­dreds of busi­ness­men re­flects the keen in­ter­est of Omani in­vestors in the Qatari mar­ket.

“This af­firms the strong de­sire of busi­ness sec­tors in both coun­tries to strengthen their joint co-op­er­a­tion and work to in­crease trade ex­change and in­vest­ments in both sides,” Sheikh Khal­ifa stressed.

‘Made in Qatar’ is or­gan­ised by Qatar Cham­ber, in co-op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of In­dus­try and Com­merce and the Qatar Devel­op­ment Bank (QDB), is be­ing held on a 10,000sq m area at the Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 200 Qatari com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ing five sec­tors.

Sheikh Khal­ifa thanked the pa­tron­age of HE the Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Nasser bin Khal­ifa al-Thani, and also ex­tended his ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude to HE the Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari and the pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity for In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion and Ex­port Devel- op­ment in Oman, Yahia bin Saeed al-Jabri, who both in­au­gu­rated the expo.

He also thanked the Oman Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, led by its chair­man Qais bin Mo­hammed al-Yousuf, and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee headed by Qatar Cham­ber board mem­ber Rashid al-Kaabi, as well as all spon­sors and par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies.

Ac­cord­ing to Sheikh Khal­ifa, ‘Made in Qatar’ gained “great in­ter­est” from all busi­ness sec­tors in Oman. He also as­sured that the event is a “key plat­form” that con­trib­uted to the pro­mo­tion of Qatari in­dus­tries, re­view­ing joint co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both sides in all in­dus­trial sec­tors.

He said the ex­hi­bi­tion “was the cul­mi­na­tion of the dis­tin­guished re­la­tions be­tween the pri­vate sec­tors of both the coun­tries, and re­flects the true de­sire of busi­ness own­ers in both the coun­tries to es­tab­lish joint trade and in­vest­ment al­liances.”

“The ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a suitable plat­form to dis­cuss these al­liances and bring busi­ness own­ers closer to fur­ther trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion,” he em­pha­sised.

Qatar In­dus­trial Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany (QIMC), the Di­a­mond Spon­sor of ‘Made in Qatar’, has ex­pressed its keen de­sire to build stronger re­la­tion­ships and forge more part­ner­ships with Omani in­vestors “in light of its plans to­wards the promis­ing mar­kets in the re­gion.”

QIMC CEO Ab­dul Rah­man Ab­dul­lah al-An­sari said ma­jor in­vestors and stake­hold­ers from both coun­tries want to en­hance trade ex­change and in­crease in­vest­ments in view of the fa­cil­i­ties and in­cen­tives pro­vided by the two coun­tries to busi­ness­men. Al-An­sari said Qatar’s in­dus­tries “have over­come the block­ade and achieved re­mark­able progress thanks to the fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment to sup­port the in­vest­ment cli­mate in the coun­try.” He also lauded the strong eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions be­tween the state of Qatar and Oman, cit­ing the launch of the di­rect ship­ping line to the Port of So­har in Oman, “which gave great mo­men­tum to the trade move­ment be­tween the two coun­tries and opened the way for many part­ner­ships be­tween the two sides.”

“The Omani mar­ket has be­come an im­por­tant mar­ket for the state of Qatar and, like­wise, the Qatari mar­ket is also an im­por­tant mar­ket for Oman,” al-An­sari said. Qatar Pri­mary Ma­te­ri­als Com­pany (QPMC) CEO Essa Kal­dari said the com­pany, which is the ex­hi­bi­tion’s Gold Spon­sor, sup­ports the devel­op­ment ef­forts of the Qatari in­dus­try, re­fer­ring to the “great role” that ‘Made in Qatar’ plays in pro­mot­ing lo­cal prod­ucts and en­hanc­ing the role of Qatari in­dus­try in the na­tional econ­omy.

He said ‘Made in Qatar’ pre­sented a great op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce the Omani busi­ness com­mu­nity and Omani busi­ness­men to the coun­try’s most prom­i­nent in­dus­tries. He added that QPMC re­ceived a large num­ber of Omani busi­ness­men who were in­tro­duced to the com­pany’s busi­ness, strate­gic prod­ucts, and ex­pan­sion plans that largely help in meet­ing the raw ma­te­rial needs of the Qatari do­mes­tic mar­ket.

Sheikh Khal­ifa (left) and al-Kaabi: Sup­port­ing Qatari in­dus­trial ex­ports.

Ab­dul Rah­man Ab­dul­lah al-An­sari: Re­mark­able progress.

Essa Kal­dari: Great role.

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