HE Ahmad bin Mohamed al-Sayed, the Minister of State and chairman of QFZA, headed an official Qatari delegation participating in the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) 2019, which kicked off in Xiamen, Fujian Province in South-Eastern China Sunday.
The delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) and the Qatar Central Bank (QCB).
HE al-Sayed with Qatari dignitaries at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) 2019
Qatar's stall at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) 2019
Qatar Chamber (QCCI) is also part of the delegation and is representing the private sector, which plays an essential role in bolstering the national economy, and aims to create global partnerships with Chinese companies during the fair.
Al-Sayed, together with other members of the delegation, held high-level meetings with a number of provincial state governors of Shanxi and Fujian provinces and Xiamen City on the sidelines of the fair.
His delegation also met with Liu Shang-Ch'ing, governor of Shanxi Province, as well as Tang Dengjie, governor, Fujian Province, and Ni Zhao, member, Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, General Administration manager of Xiamen Area of China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone.
Meanwhile, QFZA representatives met with a group of leading Chinese technology companies to explore investment opportunities in Qatar and the free zones, in addition to bilateral meetings held by members of the Qatari delegation with a number of Chinese companies from various sectors.
In the coming days, QFZA will organise the Qatari-Chinese Free Zones Forum, which sees the participation of members of the Qatari delegation alongside representatives from a number of Chinese companies operating in the technology, import and export, e-commerce, chemicals and industry, and other key sectors.
QFZA will sign a number of memorandums of understanding during the forum.
QFZA recently announced it has attracted and approved investments totalling more than QR1bn from a range of major international and local companies as well as joint ventures; all in six months before the official launch of the zones. Investors from Qatar and abroad can apply to invest and register in the free zones through QFZA.