Trade exchange between Qatar, Tunisia increased by 250%
October 09 2018 08:09 PM
The Tunisia pavilion at IPEC
The Tunisia pavilion at IPEC

QNA Doha

The minister of commerce of the Republic of Tunisia Omar Behi revealed that the Qatari-Tunisian Economic Forum, which was held in Doha last year, contributed to increasing the trade exchange between the two countries by 250%, reflecting the important role the private sector in developing trade between the two countries.

Speaking in an opening session at the First International Product Exhibition and Conference (IPEC 2018), the Tunisian minister praised the distinct and strong relations between Qatar and Tunisia which would contribute to upgrading the bilateral relations to a promising levels in the fields of economy, politics and culture.

He underlined the important role of the Qatari-Tunisian Economic Forum in raising the levels of bilateral trade, enhancing the partnership between the two countries and opening up new horizons for co-operation for the private sector.

For his part, chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry Qais bin Mohammed al-Yusuf said that trade exchange between the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Qatar registered a remarkable growth during the past period.

However, he noted that Omani imports to Qatar do not exceed 4.6% of total Qatari imports.

He called for increasing the Omani imports and giving a bigger opportunity for the national products both in the Qatari or Omani markets.

He said that the relationship between the private sector in the two countries is a solid and renewable, and has witnessed a remarkable development in the recent period following the participation of the two sides in the bilateral exhibitions organised from time to time, looking forward to increase the volume of trade exchange in the future, thanks to the joint projects and the opportunities available to localise industries and push the private sector to play a greater role in economic activity.

He noted that there are 70 Omani companies participating in the IPEC 2018 that can meet the growing demand for Omani products in the State of Qatar covering many sectors including building materials, marble, logistics, services, food and others.

Meanwhile, the minister of economic development and trade of the Republic of Tajikistan Nematullo Hikmatullozoda said that his country is keen on creating new partnerships to develop trade relations with the State of Qatar.

He underlined that Tajikistan, which enjoys considerable resources in the field of energy and promising investment opportunities, gives priority to Qatari investors to take advantage of these opportunities.

He noted that Qatari investors can explore investment opportunities in Tajikistan, mainly in the agricultural sector which is vital in Tajikistan, as well as the export of natural products produced in the country without the use of any chemicals, in addition to the mining sector.

He underlined that his country has worked to create an appropriate legislative environment to attract foreign investment, and supported the private sector to play a key role in the development of the country's economy.

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