Qatar and Japan boost ties with new accords

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Qatar and Japan yesterday signed a number of agreements, expanding bilateral relations to a new level.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the signing of the agreements.
A co-operation agreement was signed by Qatar’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Qatar’s Ministry of Defence and its Japanese counterpart signed an agreement  in the field of defence.
Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health signed an agreement with Japan’s ministry of health, labour and welfare to benefit from that country’s experience in medical care and medical insurance and in developing human resources and medical equipment.  
Qatar’s Ministry of Youth and Sports signed an agreement with Japan’s ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology to encourage exchange of visits between experts and exchange views on issues related to youth and sports.
The Emir and Prime Minister Abe also oversaw the signing of a co-operation accord between Qatar Tourism Authority and Japan’s Tourism Agency. The agreement aims to expand co-operation in the tourism sector. An agreement on preventing dual taxation was also signed.
Qatar Rail and a coalition of Japanese companies, led by Mitsubishi, signed an investment deal on installation and maintenance of rails and railway systems.
An agreement in scientific research and technology was signed between the Supreme Education Council and the Japanese ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology. The agreement seeks to encourage the education system in both countries, in addition to using modern education techniques.
Members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir attended the signing ceremony. Members of the Japanese cabinet and a number of senior officials in the Japanese administration attended the ceremony as well.
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Qatar signed an agreement exempting holders of diplomatic passports from visa formalities.
Nibras Energy Qatar signed a deal for co-operation in electricity projects across the globe, particularly in the Middle East.
The Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed an agreement with its Japanese counterpart on co-operation in removing  bilateral trade and investment barriers. The agreements stated that both parties would exchange information in trade and investment fields.
Qatar University signed an agreement in scientific research with Japan’s Foreign Trade Council to boost joint activities. The university also signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a student exchange programme.
The Emir left  Tokyo later yesterday, concluding a two-day visit to Japan.


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