Qatar Chamber reviews boosting food imports from Pakistan

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Qatar Chamber (QC) officials held meetings in Islamabad with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry to enhance trade relations between both countries. The meetings held from 11 to 14 July focused on boosting cooperation between both countries in the sectors including construction, building materials, foodstuffs, textiles and furniture, a press release from the Chamber said.

 

The Chamber’s delegation included the board member Rashid bin Hamad al-Athba and its director general Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi. They held a meeting with Pakistan’s minister of Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral relations particularly in private sector.

Chamber has sought with Islamabad Chamber to increase Qatar’s imports from Pakistan, especially food items and building materials, informed al-Sharqi. He pointed out that there is a large trade exchange between Qatar and Pakistan with trade volume reaching QR2.8 billion last year, while it was QR1.9 billion in 2014 and QR887 million in 2015. Qatar’s exports to Pakistan in 2016 touched QR2.5 billion, whereas Pakistan’s imports to Qatar were only QR317.7 million.

Both sides also discussed establishing joint factories in Qatar which would help provide all commodities to the local market and exporting abroad the surplus. They reviewed partnership opportunities and mechanisms of exchanging expertise between Qatari and Pakistani companies.

The Chamber has invited Pakistani counterparts to visit Qatar in order to explore investment opportunities and fields that both sides could cooperate in. A large business delegation is expected to visit Qatar soon. 

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