Doha, - Qatar Chamber hosted Tuesday a delegation from Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) along with more than 40 businessmen and representatives of major Japanese companies.
The meeting was attended by a number of Qatari businessmen and HE Japan's Ambassador to Qatar Seiichi Otsuka.
At the meeting, Qatar Chamber's Vice-Chairman Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Towar said that Qatari-Japanese ties are distinguished at all levels, especially in economic and commercial domains, adding that trade between the two countries stood at $18 billion in 2015, and that the State of Qatar is an important partner for Japan in the Middle East.
Japan received the first shipment of Qatari gas in 1996, he said, pointing out that Qatar is now supplying Japan with more than half of its gas needs. He noted that there were more than 50 Japanese companies with branches in Qatar, saying that those companies contributed to the comprehensive development witnessed by the State of Qatar, and stressing that Qatari investments in Japan is increasing year after year.
The Qatar Chamber's Vice-Chairman hoped that the meeting would see alliances between businessmen in the two countries, especially in the construction, building materials, food, security, safety and technical equipment, chemical and medical sectors, clothing and furniture, especially since there is a desire from both sides to increase two-way investment and promote trade between the two countries.
Masami Ando, Managing Director, JETRO Dubai and MENA, said that the trade delegation's visit aimed at exploring investment climate in the State of Qatar and available investment opportunities, as well as discussing means to strengthen cooperation between JETRO and the Qatar Chamber.
The delegation, he added, seeks to introduce business community in Qatar to their products and industries and share experiences, thanking Qatar Chamber for hosting the meeting which brought together a large number of Japanese and Qatari companies under one roof to discuss partnerships.
Established in 1981, JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the GCC countries, he said.
HE Japan's Ambassador to Qatar expressed his delight at participating in the meeting which brought together Qatari businessmen and their counterparts from Japan to take cooperation between them to wider horizons, praising the trade cooperation between Qatar Chamber and JETRO, stressing the support of the Embassy of Japan in Doha to any event that can help in increasing trade and creating partnerships between the private sectors in both countries.
He added that there were a number of diverse sectors to which businessmen from both countries can direct their investments, especially as Qatar is preparing for 2022 FIFA World Cup which will coincide with the organization of the Tokyo Olympic Games in the same year. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency