HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari held separate meetings with Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce; Tom Donohue, CEO, US Chamber of Commerce, and Khush Choksy, senior vice president (Middle East and Turkey Affairs) at the US Chamber of Commerce.
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the third Qatar-US Strategic Dialogue, which took place in Washington on September 14-15.
Al-Kuwari also met with Anne Patterson, president of the US-Qatar Business Council, and Mohamed Barakat, the council’s executive director.
Discussions centred around efforts to bolster the contribution of the council to the advancement of shared interests and mechanisms for the development of communication channels between Qatari and American companies, and business events in both countries.
HE al-Kuwari with US dignitaries on the sidelines of a conference organised by the Embassy of Qatar at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC on Sunday.
Discussions touched on the promotion of bilateral relations and the development of joint co-operation, particularly in the fields of trade, investment and industry.
Other subjects on the agenda included the development of bilateral trade policies, the implications of the Covid-19 virus pandemic on economic and trade dynamics in both countries, and the efforts undertaken by both sides to confront the economic repercussions of the crisis.
The minister elaborated on the economic policies adopted by Qatar, particularly the removal of restrictions on foreign investments, thereby providing companies with the opportunity to set up shop and invest in Qatar.
Discussions also included the promotion of co-ordinated mechanisms to bolster bilateral trade, and enhance co-operation in priority sectors that would serve the developmental aspirations of both countries.
Qatar and the US exchanged over $9.43bn in goods in 2019, with the US ranking as the leading source of Qatari imports.
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