QC gears up for ‘Made in China 2017’ expo
Qatar Chamber (QC) launched an external media campaign for the ‘Made in China 2017’ expo during the press conference held on Sunday 15 Oct. in China’s Dalian City, according to a press statement issued by the Chamber.
The event was attended by dozens of media outlets and more than Chinese companies looking to enter the Qatari market from the exhibition portal .
The statement said that Ali Bu Sherbak Al Mansouri, QC’s Assistant Director-General for Governmental & Int. Relations, represented the Chamber in the conference held in the attendance of the president of Dalian Chamber of Commerce Mr. Cui Tie, and officials of Chinese Chambers Federation in Dalian City.
The third edition of the ‘Made in China 2017’ exhibition will be held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, on November 16-19.
The four-day expo is being be organised by the Qatar Chamber with the aim of offering an opportunity for the local business community to get acquainted with the Chinese products and to help them build constructive partnerships and alliances with their Chinese counterparts.
Addressing the media, Al Mansouri noted that the expo was highly acclaimed in its first and second editions and saw several contracts and joint ventures signed between Qatari and Chinese companies. He expected the participation of more than 100 Chinese companies representing various economic sectors in China in this year edition.
He said that holding the exhibition for the third year in a row reflects the robustness and strength of Qatari-Chinese relations, not only in economic and trade fields, but in political, social and cultural spheres as well.
He added saying: “Qatar, China relations witnessed great progress over recent years. China is a very key trade partner to Qatar. Trade exchange hit last year $ 5.5 bn including $4bn Qatari exports to China and China is Qatar’s fourth trade partner, while Qatar is China’s second largest supplier of LNG.”
Pointing out that this year expo comes concurrently with the Gulf crisis and the unjust siege imposed by neighboring countries on the State of Qatar whose economy is not affected by this blockade, he said that Qatar succeeded in dealing with these unfair measures very quickly and directly shifted to alternative sources.
“Hamad Port was inaugurated and direct marine routes were launched with China’s ports. This effectively contributed to continuing the flow of Chinese imports to Qatar without the need to pass across siege countries,” he said.
He said that there are opportunities ample for Chinese companies to supply goods to the Qatari market, especially the building and construction materials as all construction works related to 2022 World Cup Is progressing rapidly, calling on Chinese companies to take part in these projects and to provide Qatar with all goods needed for these projects.
He expressed his hope that the expo would help Chinese exhibitors inform Qatari business community of their latest technological innovations, explore the available investment opportunities in the Qatari market and to end in transactions and agreements between the two sides.
On the sidelines of the conference, Bu Sherbak met with Mr. Cui Tie and together discussed ways of boosting trade cooperation between Qatar and China and viewed the preparations of the expo being organized in Qatar for the third year in a row.