Tunisian businessmen called to take advantage of investment incentives adopted in Qatar | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisian businessmen called to take advantage of investment incentives adopted in Qatar

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry called on Tunisian businessmen to take advantage of the new incentives adopted by his country for the benefit of local and foreign investors and build partnerships to implement new industrial projects.

These incentives are likely to strengthen relations between the two countries, he noted at the opening of the Tunisian-Qatari economic forum, which is held on November 14 and 15 November in Doha, with the participation of about 130 Tunisian businessmen.

Trade Minister Omar El Behi emphasised the need to harness the political will in the development of economic co-operation through the implementation of bilateral projects and the exchange of expertise.

Tunisia’s Ambassador to Qatar Slah Salhi said despite the increase in the volume of bilateral trade in recent years, the relations remain below the potentials, stressing the need to diversify the sectors and markets.

He said Tunisia will focus in 2018 on boosting economic activity through lifting of restrictions on investment, increasing financing for small and medium-sized enterprises and developing an exceptional national programme to raise exports, as well as a programme for regional development.

Trade agreements between Tunisian and Qatari companies and economic groups were concluded on the first day of the forum, which is an opportunity to make known several Tunisian products, including agricultural and agro-food products and electrical and building materials.

In this respect, an exhibition has been dedicated to them.

Qatar is Tunisia’s third largest trading partner in the Gulf region. Trade between the two countries grew 3.4% in the first nine months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, reaching 64.6 million dinars.

During this period, Tunisian exports to Qatar increased by 80.3% to 25.8 million dinars.

In six years, the number of Tunisians living in Qatar has increased fivefold to 22,000.

Source: TAP News Agency

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