The Minister of Culture, Arts & Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari (third left), with Agnelo dos Santos Queiroz Filho, (fourth left), Governor of the Federal District of Brazil, Engineer Mohamed Ahmed Al Sayed (second left), Director of Doha Municipality, and other officials during the signing ceremony at Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, yesterday. Kammutty V P
Doha: The Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari yesterday described the twinning agreement between Doha and Brasilia as one of the most important events this year that would boost Qatar-Brazil ties.
Doha and Brasilia will become sister cities and enhance cooperation and share information, expertise, and experience in several areas.
On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Al Kuwari told reporters that the deal was in line with the celebrations of the Qatar-Brazil 2014 Cultural Year. “We are keen to make its series of events a success”.
The Minister said 2014 will go down as a memorable year in the history of relations between both countries and will have a positive effect on cooperation in economic, social and sports fields. He said Brazil is currently the cultural capital of the world, and Doha will always be the capital of sports and culture and will be the capital of the world in 2022.
The Director of Doha Municipality, Mohamed Ahmed Al Sayed, and the Governor of the Federal District of Brazil, Agnelo dos Santos Queiroz Filho, signed the deal.
Officials said joint programmes will be developed to bring Qatari and Brazilian professionals together to exchange knowledge and provide training in better construction, hygiene, education, and waste recycling.
Doha and Brasilia have identified construction and permitting as a key shared interest.
As Sister Cities, both will collaborate to develop best practices for urban planning, infrastructure construction, and permitting for buildings and businesses.