06 May 2017
With its strategic location and newly-developed state-of-the-art infrastructure facilites, Qatar has emerged as a gateway for European products to the common GCC market and to the wider Arab free trade zones. Traders and investors in Poland can take advantage of this opportunity, H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassem bin Mohammed Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce has said.
Delivering the opening speech at the Qatar-Poland Business Forum in Warsaw yesterday, which coincided with the visit of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the minister said Poland is a strategic trading partner of Qatar.
The event was attended by H E Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry; Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber; Hassan Al Thawadi, Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO of Qatar Development Bank; Abdulla bin Abdul Aziz Al-Subaie, CEO of Qatar Railways and Fahad Rashid Al Kaabi, Executive Director of Economic Zones Corporation (Zones).
Among others who attended from the Polish side included the country's Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin; Minister of Science and Higher Education; Head of Trade and Investment and top executives of a number of leading Polish companies.
In his speech, Sheikh Ahmed stressed that the two countries have enormous potential to increase cooperation in various fields. He said the value of Qatar's exports to Poland increased significantly during 2016. The Minister pointed out that the economic agreements signed between the two countries on the sidelines of the Forum is a fresh start to further bolster the bilateral trade and investments.
Commenting on the business environment and investment opportunities available in Qatar, he said Qatar has developed a world-class infrastructure over the past few years. Hamad International Airport is one of the largest airports in the world with a capacity of 50 million passengers annually. The estimated capacity of New Doha Port is about 7.5 million containers.
The Minister expressed his hope that the Forum would provide an opportunity to put in place practical mechanisms to develop the level of economic cooperation, increase the volume of trade and investment exchange, and create new partnerships and investments between Qatari businessmen and their counterparts in Poland.