Just days after a new shipping line was opened between Qatar and Oman, Qatar Chamber (QC) yesterday announced that a large delegation of Qatari businessmen would travel to Oman on Tuesday to discuss means of enhancing trade relations between the two countries.
The Qatari delegation, which includes 70 businessmen, would seek to review investment opportunities available in Qatar and Oman and explore the possibility of forging alliances between Qatari and Omani businessmen as well as establishing joint ventures in Qatar and Oman, the official Qatar News Agency reported.
QC chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani said the visit will review ways to strengthen relations between Qatari and Omani businessmen leading to greater co-operation in various trade and investment sectors, stressing Qatari businessmen’s strong keenness to enter the Omani market and establish partnerships and alliances that lead to greater co-operation in the commercial and economic fields.
In this context, he praised the Omani position on the Gulf crisis and the unfair blockade imposed by three GCC states on Qatar since June 5, noting that the Sultanate has provided great support to Qatar through the direct maritime line between Hamad Port and Sohar Port.
He also stressed that Omani companies are willing to supply food products to the Qatari market.
A new shipping service launched between Hamad Port and Oman’s Sohar Port recently was expected to provide a boost to food imports into Qatar. The service will operate three times a week to ensure the business continuity of ports and shipping operations in and out of Qatar.
The visit of the Qatari business delegation to Oman would open prospects for co-operation between the two sides and pave the way for the signing of agreements between Qatari and Omani companies to enhance trade exchange and joint ventures, HE Sheikh Khalifa said.
Qatar Chamber has urged businessmen to take part in this visit to enhance trade co-operation with the private sector in Oman, he continued.
Many Qatari companies have established contact with Omani firms for the import of Omani goods, he added, pointing out that the visit of the Qatari delegation will enhance this co-operation through direct meetings between companies from the two nations - aimed at concluding bilateral agreements and deals.
He expected the visit to witness the signing by several commercial agencies deals to import Omani products to Qatar as well as the establishment of alliances and partnerships between Qatari and Omani businessmen.
He pointed out that there are promising opportunities for Qatari businessmen to invest in the Sultanate, stressing Qatar Chamber’s readiness to support any such move.
Further, HE Sheikh Khalifa pointed out that QC is “keen to open new horizons for trade co-operation with different countries, which will organise similar visits for Qatari businessmen to other countries during the coming period in order to enhance trade mobility through all available alternatives”.
FIFA stresses Qatar respects workers’ rights
FIFA stressed yesterday that Qatar respects all the rights of workers in construction sites of World Cup 2022, as is the case with Russia which is preparing for hosting World Cup 2018. FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura said in a press conference in Moscow ahead of the opening of the 2017 Confederations Cup.
She said that violations in construction sites of World Cup 2018 and 2022 were none.
She added that Qatar is applying the guidelines of FIFA completely and is fully respecting workers’ rights.
She noted that some come to Qatar to learn from the new labour law, and apply its principles in their countries.
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