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Posted On: 13 January 2015 07:37 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Qatar to hold ‘Made in China Exhibition 2015’

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As part of efforts to deepen Qatari-Chinese trade relationships, Qatar will hold ‘Made in China Exhibition 2015’ in Doha to attract more Chinese companies and investors to play a role in Qatar’s development story.

The expo this December will provide opportunity for Chinese firms to open new markets in the region and expand mutual benefits, said a statement, quoting Abdulla bin Saif Al Khayarin, First Secretary, Qatari embassy in China.

Addressing a press conference with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in Beijing recently, Al Khayarin said Qatar has a steadfast strategy to encourage Chinese companies to invest and work in Qatari markets in various sectors, such as industry, trade, communications, services, infrastructure and other areas, where Chinese firms have expertise and reputation.

He said the exhibition is an outcome of the successful visit of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to China last November. Both leaderships agreed to open up Qatari market for Chinese companies and investors and offer them necessary facilities.

“This major regional and international exhibition will give Chinese firms an opportunity to directly explore Qatari and other markets in the region. It is a practical implementation of the calls of both leaderships to enhance trade cooperation,” he said. Al Kahyarin called on Chinese firms to make early bookings for spaces at the exhibition as it could be an excellent opportunity to have direct communications and relationships with Qatari companies and business community as well as those of other GCC countries.

“We want the expo to be exceptionally distinguished, where Chinese companies could display their latest innovation in technology and industry.

“This would contribute to our progress plans in Qatar and help the country in its comprehensive development efforts, particularly the booming construction and infrastructure sectors,” said Saleh Hamad Al Sharqi, Deputy General Director, Qatar Chamber (QC).

Chinese officials expressed keenness to make the expo a great success and a real value to their companies as there are specialised committees discussing the creation of a free trade zone between China and GCC countries. Legal frameworks for it are expected to be finalised by the end of the first half of this year.

The expo from December 14 to 16 will be hosted by Qatar Chamber and supported by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

It will focus on three major sectors: Infrastructure, technology and construction. A senior delegation from QC and the Qatari embassy also took part in the press briefing.