Socio-economic relations between Qatar and Romania are progressively gaining strength, a spokesperson from the Romanian Embassy in Doha said.
Talking to The Peninsula, the embassy Consul Constantin Darie (pictured) said a nine-member Romanian business delegation visited Qatar recently and met with Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QCCI) officials. The delegates discussed business interests and areas in which the two nations can enter into partnership. The Romanian team also visited many organisations including Doha Bank and Total.
As of February 2009, the bilateral trade between Romania and Qatar reached $2.39m, 58 percent higher than that in the same month last year. Romanian exports to Qatar amounted for all commercial exchanges between the two countries, Darie said. The main products exported to Qatar in 2008 include wood and wood products (39 percent), steel and articles of iron and steel
(44 percent), electrical and mechanical equipment (9 percent) and rubber products
(6 percent). Other products consist of fuels and mineral oils, clothing, glass articles and optical and photo devices.
Of the total 800 Romanian residents in Qatar, 120 are employed with Qatar Airways, and 30 in the oil and gas sector.
Darie also recalled visit of the Attorney General of Qatar Dr.Ali bin Fetais Al Marri at the 3rd World summit of Prosecutors General, Attorneys and Chief Prosecutors in Bucharest in March last year. During the visit, he met with Romanian President Trian Basescu and they discussed the prospects and framework of legal and judicial cooperation between the two countries.