- MOU signed between Qatar and Mali chambers
- Mali promising investment destination, says Sheikh Khalifa
Prime Minister of the Republic of Mali HE Choguel Maiga praised the close relations between his country and Qatar, stressing its desire to establish strategic relationship with Qatar, terming Qatar as a reliable and active partner.
This came during his meeting with the Qatar Chamber officials held on Monday at the Chamber’s headquarters.
The meeting was attended by QC Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, alongside with QC board member Dr Mohamed Jawhar Al Mohamed and general manager Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi.
The Malian side also comprised of many officials, alongside with President of Mali Chamber of Commerce and Industry HE Youssef Batiley.
Addressing the meeting, HE Choguel Maiga also referred to the possibility of holding a Qatar-Mali economic forum that brings together officials from both sides and private sector representatives to review means of enhancing cooperation and available potentials in the two countries.
The Malian Prime Minister called on Qatari investors to invest in Mali which is rife with an abundance of opportunities in agriculture, livestock, mining, and industry.
For his part, QC Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bib Jassim Al Thani said that Qatar and Mali enjoy strong and close relations and there are reciprocal visits at the level of the leaderships of the two countries, noting that their trade exchange is still weak and doesn’t correspond with the level of such relations.
HE also pointed out that there are ample rooms for further improvement to increase our trade volume and expand investment cooperation, stressing that Mali is rich with opportunities in many sectors that could attract Qatari investors.
“Qatar is interested to maximize its investments in Africa, which embraces a lot of Qatari investments in many friendly countries in various sectors”, he said, assuring that Mali is a promising destination for investment.
QC Chairman also said that Qatari investors are eager to get acquainted with opportunities available in Mali in various sectors such as agriculture, mining, food security, energy, tourism, and others, affirming the Chamber’s support and encouragement for Qatari investors to explore such opportunities and take advantage of incentives offered for foreign investors in Mali.
HE invited Malian companies to cooperate with Qatari companies by establishing joint ventures whether in Qatar or Mali, especially that Qatar market is open and welcomes all investments.
On the sidelines of the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Qatar Chamber and Mali Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The MOU was signed by QC Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani and President of Mali Chamber HE Youssef Batiley.
Commenting on the MOU signing, HE Sheikh Khalifa expressed his hope that it would pave the way for further cooperation between private sector of both countries and boost relations between Qatari and Malian companies, as well as constitutes a basis for establishing a joint Qatar-Mali business council.
HE also said that he is looking forward to organizing a visit for Qatari businessmen to Mali to learn about opportunities available for investment and meet with their Malian counterparts.
For his part, QC general manager Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi said that the MOU would help strengthen cooperation between the private sector of both countries, increase mutual visits and promote opportunities galore in both countries, stressing that it constitutes a solid foundation for forging commercial alliances and partnerships between both countries businessmen.
President of Mali Chamber HE Youssef Batiley expressed his hope that the MOU would underpin cooperation between Qatari and Malian companies and enable businessmen to learn about opportunities available in infrastructure, livestock, agriculture, and mining sectors.