*Prime Minister opens International Product and Exhibition Conference
Intensifying its efforts to strengthen economic, trade and investment relations with fraternal and friendly countries, Qatar on Monday asked them to take advantage of the "distinctive" business opportunities Doha offers across sectors.
Addressing the International Product and Exhibition Conference (IPEC) at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said the country banks on the private sector's capabilities and potential that have helped the local economy bulwark the repercussions of the unjust blockade.
Highlighting the sovereign aims of promoting its partnership with fraternal and friendly countries, he said: "We invite them all to take advantage of the distinctive business opportunities (that) Qatar has to offer across all sectors, especially in the industrial, agricultural, IT, education, and health sectors."
Economic co-operation and trade exchange among countries are important tools for the countries to achieve economic growth and contribute to achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development through which they realise the aspirations of the nations and the international community, he said.
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani tours IPEC. Also seen are Gonca Yilmaz Batur, Turkey's Deputy Trade Minister and Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, chairman of Al Faisal Holdings
They also serve as means of communications and achieving mutual benefits and common interests of countries, something that drive us to emphasise the importance and "the need for fostering co-operation among fraternal and friendly states on the various economic, business, and investment levels, especially within a global economic environment that remains uncertain and volatile, which requires intensifying efforts among states and establishing genuine, fulfilling partnerships," he said.
Highlighting that the journey of development "witnessed one success after another, and is still achieving accomplishments" as it develops national strategies and economic diversification plans; the premier said "we value the vital role the private sector plays in executing national strategies and plans to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030, and we count on its capabilities and potential as it proved its aptitude for developing many economic sectors of the economy and limiting the repercussions of the unjust blockade on Qatar."
"We look forward to a wider role for the private sector in managing and carrying out projects, and we will continue to catalyse them to be the main driver of economic growth and development in the country in the coming period," he said, adding Qatar has been executing many development projects and programmes across various sectors, and it also witnesses a significant phase of implementing major development projects, in addition to the 2022 FIFA World Cup related projects.
"Despite the repercussions of the unjust blockade on Qatar, the implementation of these projects is proceeding according to the set timelines as a result of the measures taken to deal with the crisis, increasing self-sufficiency of different commodities, fostering cooperation with fraternal and friendly states, and diversifying trade lines between Qatar and countries of the world," he said.
The premier stressed that Qatar has prioritised the process of fostering the business environment, as it updated the legislative framework, facilitated procedures, provided an advanced infrastructure to encourage local and foreign investments and increase trust in the business environment in the country.
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