The Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA), in cooperation with the Polish embassy in Doha, organised the “Qatari-Polish Business Seminar” yesterday to discuss potential partnerships and business opportunities.
The seminar was attended by Katarzyna Kacperczyk, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, and Polish ambassador Krzysztof Suprowicz, including a business delegation of around 60 Polish companies.
QBA chairman Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani represented the Qatari side and was accompanied by board member Sherida al-Kaabi, QBA members Nasser Suliman al-Haider and Maqbool Khalfan, as well as more than 50 companies from the Qatari business community.
In his speech, al-Kaabi highlighted the importance of the visit, which was aimed at attracting more investments to both countries. He also described it as “a positive step” that will improve economic relations and open new areas for investors from both sides to study investment opportunities and promote trade cooperation.
Al-Kaabi added that the diversity of investment opportunities being offered by the Qatari economy and the large number of projects the state plans to implement “is a great opportunity for Polish investors to establish new and constructive partnerships.”
“Such activities would open prospects for cooperation between our two countries in the areas of trade and investment, especially that Qatar is witnessing extensive development by hundreds of large-scale projects, which would definitely encourage Polish businessmen and companies to work within the Qatari market,” he said.
Suprowicz said the Polish government “shows great interest” to its relations with Qatar and seeks to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries.
He added that bilateral relations “may already have evolved dramatically” over the past few years and hoped that cooperation between the two countries “will continue to flourish to include various fields.”
During the seminar, Maciej Falkowski, deputy director, Department of Economic Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussed the action plan adopted by the Polish government to develop its economy to create a new development model that is based on five pillars: reindustrialisation, development of innovative companies, capital for development, foreign expansion in terms of penetrating new markets, especially in Asia and Africa, and social and regional development.
Daniel Piekarski, attaché, Department of Economic Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, introduced the participating Polish companies from the agricultural, medical, Information Technology, furniture and wood industries, transportation, and construction sectors.
Trade and economic relations between Qatar and Poland include the agreement to supply Poland with liquefied natural gas annually for 20 years and the daily direct flights from Doha to Warsaw via Qatar Airways.
The QBA noted that the success of Polish industries in shipbuilding, automobiles, machinery, chemical refining, petroleum, glass, and textiles would create more opportunities for partnership, “especially with Qatar’s tendency to invest in the industrial sector within its development plan to diversify sources of income.”
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