HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani gave a speech at the opening of the forum and conveyed the condolences of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the families of the victims of a terrorist attack that took place recently in the United Kingdom. His Highness stressed Qatar’s support to all measures the UK will take to combat terrorism and maintain the security and stability of the United Kingdom.

HE the Prime Minister highlighted the long history that Britain and Qatar have in the field of oil and gas exploration in the Arabian Gulf region. His Excellency noted that Britain played a key role in developing the oil and gas industry in the region in general, and Qatar in particular. HE the Prime Minister also highlighted the distinguished role British businesses play in other sectors such as trade, tourism, and financial services.

HE the Prime Minister said that the United Kingdom remained Qatar’s preferred investment destination, particularly the real estate sector. London is also the favorite tourist destination for Qatari tourism, His Excellency added. Qatar is also one of the biggest exporters of LNG to the UK, which His Excellency said helps secure and diversify the kingdom’s energy sources.

On the forum, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior said that it comes at important when both countries are continuing their development efforts. His Excellency added that the forum will be an important opportunity to strengthen bilateral ties and open new investment opportunities for both the public and private sectors.

HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani noted that the United Kingdom is now looking to bolster its strategic ties in all fields. Qatar for its part, HE the Prime Minister added, was entering an important phase in the implementation of the programs and projects that would help realizing Qatar National Vision 2030. His Excellency said that the country has finished the first phase which is National Development Strategy 2011�2016 and is entering the second phase from 2017-2022. These plans will help the State of Qatar build in the future a diversified economy that is not reliant on natural resources but rather knowledge based.

One of the priorities, HE the Prime Minister said, was to transform Qatar into an international hub for knowledge-based and innovative industries. Qatar is also looking to expand its partnerships in the field of education, health, sports, and security. His Excellency noted that the UK was a leader in all these fields and Qatar will show confidence in UK firms in its attempts to diversify the economy. His Excellency then expressed his confidence that the strong ties between Qatar and UK over the year will play an important role in providing a suitable environment for cooperation in all fields. His Excellency added that Qatar had great confidence in the UK, something that will be reflected in Qatari investments in the coming decade.

In concluding the speech, HE the Prime Minister said that the sessions that will take place in the forum over the next two days will help place a joint vision for enhancing bilateral cooperation. (more)

Source: Qatar News Agency