*Argentine embassy in Doha is working closely with Qatar Airways and the country’s senior tourism officials on tourism co-operation and promotion.
Qataris can soon visit Argentina visa-free with the signing of an agreement during His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s visit to the Latin American country this week, it was announced.
“We are preparing many memorandums of understanding (MoU), agreements in various fields and one specific agreement on visa waver for all Qataris,” Argentine ambassador Carlos Hernandez told reporters Tuesday.
He was addressing a press conference at Katara – the Cultural Village Tuesday on the occasion of His Highness the Amir’s visit, which is expected to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Qatar and Argentina.
Qatar, the most open country in the Middle East and one of the most open in the world, has waived visas for 80 nationalities, including Argentinians.
In connection with visa waiver, Hernandez noted that the embassy is also working closely with Qatar Airways and the country’s senior tourism officials on tourism co-operation and promotion.
He expressed confidence that a Qatar Airways direct flight to Buenos Aires will enhance connectivity and create a positive impact in various fields of collaboration between the two countries.
“I know there is a direct flight to Brazil they have more than 200mn people, and to go to Buenos Aires we need to have a stopover in Sao Paolo and then Buenos Aires, it’s quite too long for Argentinians,” Hernandez said.
“We (Argentinians) are 45mn people as well, if you have a direct flight to Buenos Aires it might continue to Chile for example, which has about 60 to 65mn people. I think it is going to work well,” he noted.
According to the envoy, one important point which will be discussed during His Highness the Amir’s visit is how to attract Argentine companies to operate in Qatar, especially in the food sector.
Argentina is ready to be “a relevant food provider” as part of its keenness to help the country in its self-sufficiency efforts.
Hernandez expects an agreement to be signed on Friday in Argentina, which will involve co-operation in the field of agroindustry, from organic food, fish to an array of food items.
He also expressed optimism that “there is a strong possibility for Qatar to be involved in the development of renewable energy system” in Argentina.
Argentina will operate the largest solar energy facility in Latin America in a year time, a $3.2bn investment in the northern part, he added. “Solar radiation there is the highest in the world, which makes it a very good facility for this kind of energy.”
Once fully operational, the facility will produce 20 to 25% of Argentina’s electricity from renewable energy by 2025, according to Hernandez.
“How can Qatar participate in this? Many international companies want the bidding process but they need finances and Qatar can do that and make good profit,” he added.
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