Houston, the world energy capital, has invited Doha to become a member of the World Energy Cities Partnerships (WECP), which has its secretariat-general in the US city.
The WECP is a grouping of 15 energy cities around the world. Its membership allows the exchange of petroleum industry-related knowledge and economic and infrastructure development strategies, which is important to help each member city in the common goal of backing its local energy installations.
The membership of the WECP is given by invitation only, said Anthony W Hall, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Houston and Deputy Mayor, who is here on a visit with a delegation to promote Houston as a business and tourism destination in the Qatari market.
“We are in Doha to encourage petroleum companies here to open offices in Houston” said Hall at a press meeting held on the sidelines of Qatar Airways’ celebrations of the launch of its Doha-Houston service.
“Doha is emerging as major capital of culture, tourism and business. The aim of this visit is to find new opportunities in various fields to share between the two energy cities.” said Hall
“Houston has been a tourist destination for many Gulf nationals, but we want to further increase exchange in medical services and research, education and cultural exchange.”
“We would like to thank Qatar Airways, for bringing the two cities another step closer,” Hall told the media, adding, “We would like the carrier to commit to opening an office in Houston.”
Hall and his delegation called on H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry, and talks during the meeting covered cooperation between Qatar Petroleum and Houston, mainly in oil and gas.
The delegation also met with the Minister of Tourism, to discuss ways of increasing tourist travel between Houston and Qatar.
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