The Qatar-Azerbaijan joint intergovernmental trade-economic and technical committee held on Monday its third meeting in Baku. The Qatari side was chaired by HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, while the Azerbaijani side was chaired by Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov. The statement of the meeting was signed, which includes ways to develop bilateral relations in all fields.
HE Sheikh Mohamed, in his opening speech, expressed thanks to the Azerbaijani minister for organising the meeting, which coincides with Azerbaijan's Independence Day on Oct 18. He congratulated the government and people of Azerbaijan, and wished the country more progress and prosperity.
HE Sheikh Mohamed welcomed Azerbaijan's delegation that's participating in the meeting and includes ranking officials from the state, which reflects the importance Azerbaijan attaches to the committee's work. He said that the committee's meeting is an embodiment of the political will of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev with regards to enhancing co-operation in different fields, particularly in commerce and investment.
He said that ties between Qatar and Azerbaijan are strong, based on mutual respect and joint interests, as they stem from the two countries' commitment to the prosperity of their people. HE Sheikh Mohamed said he looks forward to exchanging views and intensifying efforts in the coming period to build sustainable commerce and investment partnerships that help enhance ties to the distinguished levels political ties enjoy.
He added that this would serve their economic strategies as both countries are looking to diversify their economies away from oil.
He said that Qatar's delegation to the meeting is interested in discussing promising investment opportunities in different fields, particularly in infrastructure and renewable energy.
HE Sheikh Mohamed called on businessmen in Azerbaijan to get to know the investment climate in Qatar, which relies on the country's strong infrastructure that includes Hamad International Airport, Hamad Port, as well as free zones and logistical and industrial areas. He highlighted the agreement exempting citizens of both countries from visas, which was signed Monday, as something that will play a big role in enhancing the tourism sector and as a result the economies of the two countries.