Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani stressed the importance of the His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's Central Asia tour to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, within the framework of strengthening the state's orientation towards developing relations with these countries.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Sheikh Khalifa said the tour will certainly contribute to increasing the volume of trade and enhancing economic and investment co-operation in a way that serves common interests.
His Highness the Amir's tour reflects the keenness and success of the State of Qatar's policy in opening up to all countries and building positive relations in all fields, in line with the economic diversification strategy pursued by the state, which has strengthened its international economic position as a leading global centre for business and investment, Sheikh Khalifa said.
He indicated that the Qatari private sector has a major role in strengthening trade co-operation relations with Central Asian countries. In this aspect, he stressed that QC is keen and encourages Qatari businessmen and investors to enhance co-operation, explore investment prospects and opportunities, and establish investment alliances and business partnerships with their counterparts in those countries to benefit the economy on both sides.
QC hosts many meetings with trade delegations from Central Asian countries looking to enhance co-operation between Qatari companies and their countries and discuss the investment climate and opportunities available on both sides, Sheikh Khalifa explained.
He praised the strong relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Uzbekistan in various fields, such as the economic, trade, and investment fields.
His Highness the Amir's visit to Uzbekistan will strengthen these relations and open new horizons for co-operation between the two countries, especially in the trade and economy, reflecting positively on the trade and investment exchange, and relations of co-operation and partnership between the two countries' business sectors, Sheikh Khalifa said.
The opening of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Tashkent in early May contributes to the further development of co-operation relations between the two countries in various fields, he pointed out.
The Qatari private sector is looking forward to strengthening co-operation with its Uzbek counterparts by establishing trade and economic partnerships and alliances, which will benefit the economies of the two countries, noting its role in both respective countries in developing bilateral relations and increasing the volume of trade and investment, Sheikh Khalifa said.
He highlighted that the trading volume between the two countries is still below the aspirations of the two friendly peoples; however, QC is keen to enhance the co-operation between Qatari companies and their Uzbek counterparts, calling on companies from both sides to benefit from the developed relations by establishing economic alliances and partnerships that benefit both economies.
Sheikh Khalifa affirmed the great desire of Qatari businessmen to enhance co-operation with their counterparts in Uzbekistan and to establish partnerships and investments in Qatar or Uzbekistan.