Paris: President Francois Hollande of the Republic of France yesterday presented the Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah with the Medal of Honour with the rank of Senior Officer from the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
In a speech he delivered on the occasion, Al Attiyah thanked the French President and honourable members of the Grand Chancery for this prestigious award.
Al Attiyah also conveyed to the French President and the people of France the highest regards of the Emir, the government and the people of Qatar.
Al Attiyah added that the wise and visionary leadership of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani have laid the foundations for a strong and a long lasting relationship between Qatar and France.
“This prestigious award I am receiving today is a recognition to the great friendship and mutual cooperation between our two countries”, Al Attiyah noted.
Al Attiyah said that the economy of Qatar has grown in leaps and bounds in the last two decades under the wise leadership of the Emir, noting that France has been a true and strong partner all along the development path of our country from a simple economy to a formidable financial powerhouse in the region and the world at large.
Over the years French firms have made their mark in many sectors of our economy — aviation, luxury goods, water treatment, distribution, construction and others.
In the space of just five years, Qatari direct and indirect investments in France amounted approximately to $15bn.
“If you visit Qatar today, you will see the visible marks of the French-Qatari cooperation in many sectors including education, science and technology, health, oil and gas, transportation, construction as well as culture,” said Al Attiyah.
Al Attiyah added: “We strive to further strengthen and cement our economic and cultural ties for the benefits of our two nations.Although this prestigious Medal of Honour has been bestowed upon my person, its incumbent on me to recognise the role of many others in Qatar who played a significant role in the growth and development of my country , in particular our leadership.
In recognition to their remarkable contributions , I would like to dedicate this award to the leadership of my country and to the men and women who laid the foundation for this great cooperation between Qatar and France.
The award presentation ceremony was attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to France Sheikh Meshaal bin Hamad Al Thani as well as members of the delegation accompanying H E Al Attiyah.