Qatar, Canada look to boost trade ties
February 14 2018 10:52 PM
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Al-Jaida, Charest, Norfolk and Rodney among others during the launch of the Canadian Business Council Qatar at the Tornado Tower yesterday. PICTURE: Jayaram

The Canadian Business Council Qatar, which was formally launched in Doha yesterday, would provide a fillip to the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Qatari and Canadian dignitaries, who attended the launch event held at the Canadian Embassy, included Qatar Financial Centre CEO Yousuf al-Jaida; former Canadian deputy prime minister Jean Charest and Canadian ambassador Adrian Norfolk.
Speaking to Gulf Times Norfolk said the task of the council was to bring Qatari and Canadian companies closer and provide them with a forum to partner and network.
“We are excited about the prospects as our two countries can work together and enhance the already strong relationship,” Norfolk said. 
Charest said bilateral trade between Canada and Qatar (as of 2016) was not significant and totalled just $210mn.
“This is weak and we have great opportunities to enhance it,” Charest told Gulf Times.
Canada, he said has strong belief in Qatar’s ability to proceed ahead in its strategic plans, particularly in economic diversification.
Canada is a hugely trade-based country, he said and added that it is an “outstanding destination” for investment.
John Rodney, counsellor (Commercial) and senior trade commissioner at the Canadian Embassy was among those present. Page 24



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