Qatar to intensify relations with ASEAN

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Qatar Airways flies to a large number of destinations in ASEAN

Qatar is planning to set up a “dedicated unit” for Qatar-ASEAN affairs in order to establish closer relations with the 10-member bloc of  southeast Asian countries, according to a July 25 report in Qatar’s newspaper Gulf Times.

The announcement was made during a meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Doha with Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani on July 22. The minister also said that he is going to visit several ASEAN countries with high-level delegation from Qatar “in the near future.”

The ASEAN Committee’s members in Qatar the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. It is now being chaired by Vietnam’s ambassador to Qatar, Le Hong Phan.

Philippine ambassador to Qatar, Crescente Relacion, said Qatar could take advantage of the opportunities arising out of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community, planned for end-2015, by investing in any of the member country as tariff barriers among the 10 countries will be eliminated.

“Qatar has substantial investments in Malaysia, Thailand and recently it also concluded a $1.5 billion petrochemical project in Vietnam,” Relacion said.

Thailand’s ambassador to Qatar, Panyarak Poolthup, said that bridging different cultures between ASEAN and Qatar was the best way “to lay a firm foundation on which both could further build up closer relations”.

The move follows an investment event organised by Inside Investor in Sarawak, Malaysia, on June 12 where the state’s chief minister, Taib Mahmud, emphasised his intent to extend business relationships with Qatar and held talks with Masraf Al Rayan, one of the largest Islamic investment companies in Qatar, and representatives of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

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Qatar Airways flies to a large number of destinations in ASEAN

Qatar is planning to set up a “dedicated unit” for Qatar-ASEAN affairs in order to establish closer relations with the 10-member bloc of  southeast Asian countries, according to a July 25 report in Qatar’s newspaper Gulf Times.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Doha_Qatar_Airways
Qatar Airways flies to a large number of destinations in ASEAN

Qatar is planning to set up a “dedicated unit” for Qatar-ASEAN affairs in order to establish closer relations with the 10-member bloc of  southeast Asian countries, according to a July 25 report in Qatar’s newspaper Gulf Times.

The announcement was made during a meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Doha with Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani on July 22. The minister also said that he is going to visit several ASEAN countries with high-level delegation from Qatar “in the near future.”

The ASEAN Committee’s members in Qatar the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. It is now being chaired by Vietnam’s ambassador to Qatar, Le Hong Phan.

Philippine ambassador to Qatar, Crescente Relacion, said Qatar could take advantage of the opportunities arising out of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community, planned for end-2015, by investing in any of the member country as tariff barriers among the 10 countries will be eliminated.

“Qatar has substantial investments in Malaysia, Thailand and recently it also concluded a $1.5 billion petrochemical project in Vietnam,” Relacion said.

Thailand’s ambassador to Qatar, Panyarak Poolthup, said that bridging different cultures between ASEAN and Qatar was the best way “to lay a firm foundation on which both could further build up closer relations”.

The move follows an investment event organised by Inside Investor in Sarawak, Malaysia, on June 12 where the state’s chief minister, Taib Mahmud, emphasised his intent to extend business relationships with Qatar and held talks with Masraf Al Rayan, one of the largest Islamic investment companies in Qatar, and representatives of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

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