Economic relationship driving force behind Qatar-Japan strategic partnership: Al-Sada
October 23 2018 09:08 PM
Dr al-Sada (front row-third left) and other ministers who attended the ‘Hydrogen Energy Ministerial
Dr al-Sada (front row-third left) and other ministers who attended the ‘Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting’ in Tokyo on Tuesday

He was speaking at the 12th meeting of the Qatar-Japan Joint Economic Committee in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Al-Sada also praised the vital role of the Qatar-Japan Joint Economic Committee in expanding relationship between the two countries. Since its establishment in 2006, the committee has been able to successfully enhance cooperation in many fields.

He also praised the volume of trade exchange between the two countries. The value of Qatari exports to Japan in 2017 reached about QR42.12bn while the value of imports amounted to about QR5.75bn.

He expressed happiness at the “active” economic relationship between the two friendly countries and the selection of the Japanese company Chiyoda to carry out the engineering works associated with the maritime facilities of North Field expansion project.

Dr al-Sada also announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the committee meeting between Qatar's Nebras and Japan's JERA in the field of developing joint business opportunities.

The minister stressed Qatar's resolve to maintain its position as a “reliable” source in supplying Japan and all its customers around the world with its needs of liquefied natural gas.

The two sides discussed ways to enhance joint co-operation in all fields, especially in business, civil aviation, industry and trade, healthcare, education, infrastructure and investment.

The Japanese side was invited to participate in infrastructure projects in Qatar through public-private partnership in the two friendly countries.

Al-Sada and the accompanying delegation also participated in the meeting of the ‘Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting’ held in Tokyo yesterday.

During the meeting, al-Sada presented “Qatar's view regarding the future of hydrogen energy and its uses, and the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the main and economical source of hydrogen.”

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