COOPERATION WITH THEM HELPS THIS MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY REALIZE ITS AMBITIOUS PLANS
E. O. KASAEV
MGIMO (U) student of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Qatar Keywords:, Asian countries, trade, trade turnover, investment
Doha considers the Asian direction to be one of the priorities of its foreign economic activity. At the same time, many Asian countries consider strengthening relations with Qatar as a "locomotive" for promoting their relations with other members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf (GCC) - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait.
Qatar's economic ties with Iran have been developing successfully for many years. Iran is one of the main suppliers of agricultural, food, light and chemical products, as well as building materials and furniture to Qatar. In turn, Qatar exports petrochemical products, including agricultural fertilizers, to the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). The volume of trade turnover in 2010, according to Iranian diplomats, amounted to about $170 million*.
Today, Doha is also seriously interested in investment cooperation with Tehran. With the participation and coordination of the Qatari-Iranian Business Council, the possibility of investing Qatari capital in various projects in the territory of Iran in the field of industry, energy and agriculture is being worked out.
This interest is mutual. In February 2011, a representative delegation of Iranian entrepreneurs visited the Emirate, and in May, a four-day exhibition "Made in Iran" was held in Doha, the main purpose of which was to activate the development of bilateral economic relations by demonstrating to the Qatari side the export products of Iran that can be delivered to the local market. In early 2011, Qatar expressed its intention to export Iranian natural gas. By the way, an agreement was reached between the two countries on the division of blue fuel production areas in adjacent sea areas.
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