Qatari-French business delegation visits the French city of Toulouse

Qatar Chamber and Toulouse Chamber signed a twinning agreement

A panel discussion on investment opportunities available in the two countries

A high-level Qatari-French economic delegation visited the city of Toulouse, located in the Occitanie region, southwest of France, as part of strengthening bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and the French Republic, and the continuing efforts to develop economic relations with various French cities. The visit included a tour of several industrial sites, major companies, and research centers, during which a business roundtable meeting was held. His Excellency Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the French Republic, chaired the visit made by the Qatari delegation to the city of Toulouse, in which representatives of the Qatar Chamber, Qatari Businessmen Association, Qatari-French Economic Association “Cadran”, as well as prominent figures in the business sector in the State of Qatar.

The visit was an opportunity to review new opportunities for cooperation and investment in the city of Toulouse and its suburbs, which is considered the third largest employment area in France and the most attractive in terms of production, thanks to the aircraft manufacturing, electronics, informatics, and biotechnology sectors.

During the visit, a twinning agreement was signed between the Qatar Chamber and the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aiming to strengthen economic relations and open new horizons for cooperation between the two sides.

The Qatari delegation began its visit by meeting with Mr. Patrick Piedrafitta, President of the Local Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Toulouse, and Mr. Jean-François Rezeau, President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Occitanie region, where a panel discussion was organized and addressed the investment opportunities available in the two countries.

On this occasion, the Qatari delegation reviewed the business environment in the State of Qatar, where His Excellency Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the French Republic, stressed in his opening speech that “this meeting represents the beginning of a promising journey,” adding that “the opportunities we generate… “Today will lead us to prosperity tomorrow.”

For his part, Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari, a member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Chamber, praised the strong relations between Qatar and France, pointing out that there are multiple opportunities for investment in the two countries in various sectors, noting that the Qatar Chamber is working diligently to bring Qatari and French business owners closer together, and to encourage them to cooperate and establish commercial alliances and mutual and joint projects.

For his part, His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser Al Thani, a member of the Board of Directors of the Qatari Businessmen Association, spoke about the importance of this visit in strengthening trade and economic relations between the two countries and discussing available investment opportunities.

The visit also included a field tour of Airbus headquarters, where the delegation was briefed on the company’s most important facilities and the advanced infrastructure it enjoys. It also included a field visit to the Francazal region and the AURA AERO company, which specializes in aircraft with an electric propulsion system, as well as a visit to the Pierre Fabre Medical Center and the Oncopole Institute.

After extensive and fruitful meetings with representatives of the French private sector, the Qatari-French business delegation concluded its visit to the French city of Toulouse, which embodied a new step towards strengthening economic relations and expanding the horizons of joint cooperation between the State of Qatar and France, by holding a dinner that brought together members of the delegation with local economic officials.

At the conclusion of the visit, His Excellency Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the French Republic, stressed the importance of strengthening economic relations between the State of Qatar and France, pointing out that the State of Qatar has become an attractive destination for multinational companies, thanks to its advanced infrastructure and modern transportation networks.

His Excellency the Ambassador also stressed the strategic importance of the economic agreements signed during the state visit made by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to France last February, at the head of a large official delegation.

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