The Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) has underscored the interest of businessmen here to identify business opportunities in Australia during a meeting held in Doha yesterday. This was raised during a meeting between QBA and Ian Halliday, General Manager of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) for the Middle East and Africa, and Australian ambassador Jonathan Muir.
In a statement, QBA said the meeting comes on the sideline of Halliday’s visit to Doha to promote investment projects, discuss potential co-operation opportunities, and ways to enhance economic relations.
The meeting was led by QBA chairman HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani and was attended by QBA board members Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser al-Thani, Sherida al-Kaabi, and Saud al-Mana, and QBA members Moataz al-Khayat, Mohamed Althaf, Ihsan al-Khiaymi, as well as QBA deputy general manager Sarah Abdullah.
Sheikh Nawaf said the meeting aims to discuss ways of strengthening trade and investment co-operation, even as he expressed the importance of “opening bridges of communication” and developing relations between the two countries.
Muir thanked the QBA for hosting the meeting, and confirmed that Halliday’s visit aims to enhance mutual co-operation, and also highlighted some of the investment opportunities being offered by Australia, especially in the food sector.
Halliday said Australia is known agriculture and animal husbandry sector, as well as for sheep breeding. He also added that Australia produces meat, dairy, leather, and wool in huge quantities and exports them abroad. Sheikh Nawaf discussed the keenness of the state of Qatar to develop its relations with all countries, and spoke about QBA’s role in supporting and facilitating means of co-operation between Qatari businessmen and their international counterparts. He also shed light on the various fields and sectors in which QBA members have their businesses, and which cover most of the economic sectors.
Muir also invited the QBA to visit Australia and to study its investment environment closely, and explore other investment opportunities.
According to QBA, members are willing to organise a visit soon.
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