Qatar Business Council Holds Meetings in Washington -1-

HE Qatar’s Ambassador to US Mohammed bin Jaham Al Kuwari pointed to the classification of the World Economic Forum for the Qatari economy as the most competitive economy in the Middle East for three consecutive years and said while Qatar continues to diversify its investment portfolio in the world through investments in Europe, Asia and Africa, it considers the United States as a fulcrum to enhance its economic strategy and concentrate the investment in US, starting in Washington, DC, through the project “City Center D.C.” which is the first Qatari investment of this size outside of the energy sector in the United States.

The Qatari Ambassador added among the manifestations of the Qatari-US partnership is the rise of US exports to Qatar in 2013 to $5 billion, an increase of 38.6% from 2012.

He also Confirmed that Qatar aims to work through common principles and invest in cultural, educational and development joint initiatives and programs in cooperation with the US.

At the top of Qatar’s priorities is ensuring access to education, Ambassador Al Kuwari said, stressing that Qatar is seeking to gain access to new educational models that can adapt to the information age. He also noted to the establishment of the Education City in Doha which would change the ways of global investment in the field of education through the creation of a huge complex on an area of ??2500 hectares and includes 11 global universities.

During the meetings, HE the Ambassador reviewed Qatari investments in training and human capital development through a number of exchange programs, including the promotion of Arabic language and culture, and the country’s keenness to raise the levels of education in the Arab world by establishing a $100 million fund for Arab students to study abroad and ensuring job opportunities in Qatar after graduation.

He concluded by emphasizing the fact that the State of Qatar has a message and it achieves credibility in that through the equation between its small size and ways to take advantage of the assets and the country’s enormous wealth. He explained that this equation enables Qatar to identify its priorities by focusing on improving living standard of its citizens and residents. (QNA)

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