The future of Qatari-German trade and economic relationship looks bright and continues to flourish despite current regional and international challenges, German ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel has said.
“The meeting of sixth Joint Ministerial Economic Commission in Berlin last February, co-chaired by the German and Qatari ministers of economy and trade, resulted in a strategic masterplan to enhance our bilateral economic, business, investment and energy co-operation, as initiated by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum in Berlin last year,” the envoy said.
The event was attended by a large number of guests
Muzel was speaking at the German National Day in Doha and the 30th anniversary celebration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, held at The St Regis Doha, which was attended by Qatari ministers, other dignitaries and diplomats from various embassies in the country.
In Germany, about 200 events were organised in Berlin to mark the celebration, dubbed as one of the most crucial moments in the history of modern Europe.
The envoy noted that more than 100 German companies operate in Qatar, some have established their offices before the independence of Qatar in 1971.
Muzel said German companies have become trusted partners and household names, significantly “contributing to the impressive development of our host country Qatar.”
“They have assisted Qatar to master the supply and food security challenges in view of the crisis of summer 2017."
Muzel said these German companies reaffirm their commitment to collaborating with Qatar in achieving the country’s National Vision 2030 development plans and projects.
“In this context, they (German companies) are dedicated to contributing in the creation of a world-class infrastructure for hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022,” he said.
In his speech, Muzel also underlined Qatar’s implementation of what was described as “sweeping and impressive reforms” to its labour market, which he said is an important step forward in improving the work and living conditions of migrant workers.
“Germany highly welcomes these reforms and recognises the commitment of the government and business organisations in Qatar to progressively transforming its labour market, becoming a role model for the whole region,” he said.
“I would, therefore, like to commend our guest of honour, HE Yousuf Mohamed al-Othman Fakhro, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, for his decisive personal support to the ambitious labour reform agenda, resulting in groundbreaking change management which is in the interest of migrant workers, government and businesses alike,” Muzel said.
He said Germany is supporting the International Labour Organisation’s co-operation programme and offered its expertise to the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, namely in the OHS/ occupational health and safety sector.
“Looking beyond the current challenges to the future, I should like to suggest joining forces to prepare Qatar’s public and private sector for the opportunities of the digital economy,” he said. “This will contribute to attracting more foreign companies and investment to Qatar.”