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Qatari Commerce Minister to visit Pakistan on May 14

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Islamabad: The Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce, Sheikh Ahmad Bin Jasim Bin Mohammad Al Thani, is visiting Pakistan from 14 to May 15, 2018.
According to official sources Qatari Minister for Commerce is going to be accompanied by a high-powered business delegation representing food, agriculture, livestock, aviation, maritime and shipping sector.
Sources apprised this scribe that Qatari Embassy has sought the Minister’s calls on the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail, Minister for Food Security and Research and Minister for Defence.
In this regard Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested Commerce Ministry to arrange a meeting of the visiting dignity with the Minister of Commerce, who may like to host a dinner for the minister and his delegation on on May 14.
Also sought to arrange business to business meetings between Qatari and Pakistani businessmen.
Pakistan’s private sector is keen to assist the Qatar’s private sector companies for mutual cooperation and promoting bilateral industrial, trade and investment opportunities between Pakistan and Qatar, the two countries possesses great potential for promoting joint ventures, said Rasheed Chughtai, a Pakistani business man.
Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Zahid Latif Khan was of the view that there are plenty of opportunities in the pharmaceutical sector of Qatar, especially at a time when the country is facing economic blockade by neighbouring countries.
“Medicine is an essential item and Pakistani firms are ready to help Qatar in achieving self-sufficiency in this important sector. A number of well-established Pakistani pharmaceutical companies are part of this delegation. They will hold further talks with officials to set up pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Qatar,” Khan said.
While referring to the RCCI recent event PAK Qatar Business Conference held in Doha March 1, he said the Pakistani delegation will have representatives from diversified economic sectors including cement, real estate, interior decorators, handicraft and jewellery, hotel furniture and related equipment, textiles, uniforms as well as service sectors like information technology and security services.
The Pakistani delegation represented by more than 60 companies will also have members from cable and electric wire manufacturing firms that have already entered into talks with Qatar Rail officials for possible deals.
“These companies had a very fruitful meeting with officials of Qatar Rail. If the deals are finalised, the Pakistani companies will export cable and electric wire to be used in the upcoming Doha Metro and other related projects,” Khan said.
Besides exploring business opportunities in the two countries, he said, companies dealing in human resources will seek job opportunities for high-skilled Pakistanis in Qatar.
“Qatar has embarked upon a number of projects in preparation for the 2022 Fifa World Cup which in turn would require skilled workers. The expertise of Pakistanis can be used for the successful completion of these projects,” he said.
Khan said that a number of ready-to-invest projects in Pakistan would also be showcased during the conference to attract the attention of Qatari investors.
Pakistan requires a lot of foreign investment especially in power generation sector, he said, adding this is an area where Qatar can invest to reap rich benefits in the long run.

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