Qatar Chamber hosted on Tuesday Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland HE Ville Skinnari, and his accompanying delegation.
The meeting touched on reviewing commercial and economic relations between Qatar and Finland and means to enhance and develop them, the investment climate and opportunities available in both countries, as well as strengthening cooperation between Qatari and Finnish businessmen to forge joint investments and alliances.
QC First Vice-Chairman HE Mohamed bin Twar Al-Kuwari received the delegation, in the presence of QC Second Vice-Chairman HE Rashid bin Hamad Al-Athba and board members Mohamed bin Ahmed Al-Obaidli and Khaled bin Jabor Al-Kuwari.
Also present at the meeting was HE Ambassador of Finland to the State of Qatar Pekka Voutilainen.
Speaking at the meeting, HE Mohamed bin Twar Al-Kuwari said that inauguration of the Finnish embassy in Qatar this week reflects the close relations between both countries, noting that the Qatari private sector is interested in enhancing cooperation with its Finnish counterpart, especially in the high technology sectors.
HE also pointed out that the bilateral trade exchange grew by 4 per cent, from QR 381 mn in 2020 to QR 395 mn in 2021, while it amounted to QR 314 mn in the first nine months of 2022.
Al-Kuwari also presented an overview of Qatar’s investment climate and incentives, stressing that Qatar Chamber is keen on deepening cooperation between Qatari businessmen and their counterparts from world countries.
HE called on Finnish businessmen to invest in Qatar and take advantage of the state’s incentives for foreign investors and the developed infrastructure and leading economic legislation it owns.
QC’s First Vice-Chairman also said that there are many Finnish companies that operate in Qatar in various sectors such as tourism, healthcare, lifts, and cosmetics, indicating that the private sector is eager to learn more about business and investment opportunities galore in Finland.
On his part, the Finnish Minister HE Ville Skinnari lauded the close relations between both countries, noting that there are numerous fields for cooperation between both sides like oil and gas, industry, and technology.
Skinnari reviewed the investment climate in Finland, inviting Qatari businessmen to invest in his country.
In turn, the HE Ambassador of Finland to Qatar Pekka Voutilainen praised the relations between both friendly countries, stressing that the inauguration of the Finnish embassy in Qatar will take these relations to higher levels.
Voutilainen also praised Qatar’s success in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, noting that it was an exceptional and dazzling tournament.