Qatar, India discuss investments

March 27, 2014 - 8:23:19 am
E M S Natchiappan, India’s Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, at the India-Qatar Business Forum organised by CII in New Delhi. (From left) KKM Kutty, Chairman, CII Committee on Gulf, Middle East and North Africa; Ahmed Ibrahim Al Abdullah, Ambassador of Qatar to India, Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India to Qatar, Gurpal Singh, Principal Adviser and Head, CII Gulf, Middle East and North Africa. 

DOHA: An 18-member high-level official delegation led by Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar, is in New Delhi for a two-day visit.

The visiting delegation includes the Qatar’s Ambassador to India and senior officials of Qatar from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar Holding/Qatar Investment Authority, Hassad Food, Qatar Central Bank, Qatar Petroleum International, Qatar Airways; Muntajat; Katara Hospitality and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Indian team was led by Dr Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, the Department of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Finance. Senior officials from various ministries and departments also attended the discussions.

Al Khater met with India’s Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) in the Ministry of Finance, and Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

“The two delegations had cordial and productive discussions in the framework of the historically close and friendly relations, and the multi-dimensional and growing cooperation between India and Qatar. Both sides discussed issues and proposals of mutual interest in a number of sectors including investment, banking and finance, energy, petrochemicals and fertilisers, civil aviation and tourism. Besides delegation level talks, meetings between counterparts from the two sides were also held”, a communiqué issued by Indian mission here yesterday noted.

Both sides shared the view that there is a vast potential to further strengthen the cooperation and agreed to actively follow up the discussions held during the visit of the Qatari delegation.

The visiting delegation also interacted with a number of representatives of India’s corporate sector at business events organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).

An ‘India-Qatar Business Forum’ organised by CII was addressed by E M S Natchiappan, the minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India, Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater and Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), at the Ministry of External Affairs, India. The Peninsula

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