Irish prime minister arrives to boost ties

January 07, 2014 - 6:21:33 am

The Minister of Economy and Trade H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani welcomes Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his delegation at the airport yesterday.

Doha: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny arrived in Doha yesterday on a two-day official visit to the country.

He and his delegation were welcomed at Doha International Airport by the Minister of Economy and Trade H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, Qatar’s non-resident Ambassador to Ireland Khalid Rashid Salem Al Homoudi Al Mansouri, and Ireland’s non-resident Ambassador to Qatar Patrick Hennessy. 

Kenny is accompanied by Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton and 100 businessmen — from varied fields such as agriculture, energy, construction and e-learning — who will hold meetings to strengthen the growing economic, political and cultural ties. The visit and trade mission is expected to improve trade and business opportunities for Irish and Qatari companies. 

Kenny will meet the Emir 

H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. 

ALISON, the Irish-based leader in global free online learning, is one of the many firms which have strong connections with Qatar. ALISON Founder and CEO Mike Feerick said, “Qatar and Ireland have the potential to develop a very strong, long-term fruitful partnership and friendship, with a reputation of boldness and professionalism at the heart of their business affairs.” 

ALISON has partnered with Silatech, a Qatari-based social initiative to enhance free learning and employment opportunities to the youth in the region. Ex-Irish president, Mary Robinson, who is a Board Member of Silatech chaired by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, has been engaged in education and social reform in Qatar for many years. ALISON was also named one of the winners of the 2013 WISE Award for its global impact and innovation in education. The Peninsula

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