13 Aug 2017 – 2:21
Qatari and Turkish firms recently signed agreements in sectors as varied as pharmaceuticals and shipping, in another step at boosting trade and economic ties among the close allies.
Fifteen agreements were entered into during the recent visit of a Qatari trade delegation to the Turkish cities of Izmir and Istanbul from August 3 to 6, Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Director General of Qatar Chamber (QC), said yesterday.
Al Sharqi added that the agreements focused on cooperation in pharmaceuticals, foodstuff, construction, building materials, shipping, logistics, plastic, aluminum, glass, technology, furniture and air conditioning.
He added that the remarkably successful visit strengthened cooperation between businessmen of the two countries, during which he laid the groundwork for further cooperation in various fields of trade and industry.
The QC Director General was accompanied by a number of Qatari businessmen, who held meetings with a number of Turkish businessmen in Istanbul on August 6. They discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the two sides in the fields of foodstuff, juices, construction and electricity.
Ibrahim Shakler, Chairman of the Istanbul Chamber, met Al Sharqi in the presence of the members of the Board of Directors of the Istanbul Chamber, and the Vice-President of the Turkish Exporters Association and the Qatari businessmen. Cooperation between the two chambers of Qatar and Istanbul, paving the way for business owners to achieve more cooperation and establish alliances that serve the economies of both countries.
On the sidelines of these meetings in Istanbul, three cooperation agreements were signed between companies from Qatar and Turkey.
Al Sharqi has invited the President of the Istanbul Chamber to organise a visit to a delegation of Turkish businessmen to Doha to view the projects and opportunities available in Qatar. The invitation was accepted by the Turkish side and the agreement to organise the visit after the end of the Haj season, in October.
The visit of the Qatari business owners Izmir signed 12 cooperation agreements with a number of Turkish companies. The QC, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of Turkey and the Commercial Office of the Turkish Embassy in Qatar, organised a meeting with Qatari businessmen during the period the trade mission’s visit. Mohammed Mahdi Al Ahbabi, a member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Chamber, headed the delegation of Qatari businessmen. On the sidelines of the events, a number of Qatari businessmen visited the Turkish companies and factories to get acquainted with the quality of the products and to know more about the scale of their operations.