Entrepreneurs in Qatar hopeful of export orders
December 14 2017 09:28 PM
HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi and Qatar Chamber ch
HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi and Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani tour the exhibition. PICTURE: Jayaram Korambil

Entrepreneurs are hopeful that products manufactured in Qatar's industrial facilities would be able to generate export orders from within the region and outside once they receive better local and regional exposure.

Speaking to Gulf Times at the opening of the Made in Qatar Exhibition, Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC) CEO Abdul Rahman al-Ansari said some of their company's industrial subsidiaries are receiving encouraging export inquiries from North Africa and also from within the Middle East.

"One of our companies which is supporting the requirements of the country's steel industry is exploring all possibilities to export its goods to businesses in such destinations as Morocco and others parts of North Africa," explained al-Ansari who also added that the company is looking for possibilities from Europe, notably England and would enter markets in Canada.

The entrepreneur informed that Qatar Paving Stones, a QIMC subsidiary, is fast establishing itself as a major player in the segment in the region. "Earlier, Qatar used to import considerable quantities of paving stones from the neighbouring Gulf countries to meet domestic requirements."

However, with the company enhancing its production capacities, it has been able to effectively meet the growing demand for paving stones in the country, said al-Ansari.

An official of Azerbaijan embassy said companies from his country are showing interest in setting up joint ventures in Qatar. "We have expertise and a good track record in such areas including agricultural goods and dairy farming," he said while informing that dairy products from Azerbaijan have been receiving good response in the wake of the blockade against Qatar by the Saudi-led quarter.

The official is hopeful that Azerbaijan entrepreneurs would be able to set up shop in Qatar in the next few years. A trade analyst at Italian Trade Agency, affiliated to the Italian embassy in Doha, too echoed similar feelings. "There are a number of Italian brands and entrepreneurs operating in Qatar and some of our companies are doing extremely well in their areas of operations," he said while expressing hope that their firms would explore more opportunities in Qatar in coming years.

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