Qatar pavilion at OIC trade fair in Kuwait a big draw Feb 09, 2018 0 632 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaA large number of visitors flocked to Qatar's pavilion at the special edition of the trade fair of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states in Kuwait.The Qatari pavilion, set up by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC), brings together representatives of Qatar Chamber, Qatar Financial Centre and Economic Zones Company (Manateq) along with executives from 13 Qatari private companies.The ministry's participation in the exhibition comes within the framework of its efforts to showcase the investment opportunities in Qatar and highlight the state's business and investment-friendly climate. The ministry is also seeking to enhance the capacity of national companies and factories and support national products in line with its efforts to promote economic development and accomplish the Qatar National Vision 2030.At the exhibition, the ministry will present a detailed overview of the laws and regulations governing investments in Qatar as well as the incentives and advantages offered to investors. Officials from the ministry will hold meetings with businessmen and potential investors to familiarise them with investment opportunities in Qatar and its safe investment environment.Ministry wins praiseThe Ministry of Economy and Commerce has won praise from several quarter for its role in setting up the Qatar pavilion.Abdurrahman Abdullah al Ansari, the chief executive officer of Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, said,"We believe the Kuwaiti market is key in terms of our import and export activity. We are currently presenting our various high quality products in a bid to access the Kuwaiti market. Through this participation, we are also seeking new sources to import raw materials directly to our factories."QIMC is a local joint stock company comprising 20 different factories in various sectors such as construction materials, infrastructure, petrochemicals and food. Saeed Abdullah al Tawa al Hajeri, chairman of Al Ikhtyaar German Upvc Windows & Doors, said he sees the trade fair as a platform to introduce and promote Qatari products to participants. Hajeri praised the facilities that the ministry has offered to enable local companies to showcase their products at the exhibition. Al Ikhtyaar German was founded in 1986 and encompasses several factories, including glass and metal coating factories, which manufacture high quality and German ISO certified national products.Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sulaiti, chairman of Qatar Pharma Factory, said his company's participation in the exhibition is aimed at presenting new products that have yet to be exported to Kuwait, highlighting the company's ownership of patents for products such as Biohair among others."We are covering the needs of the Qatari market and have been exporting to several countries, including Kuwait, since 2010, offering a range of medicines such as antibiotics and dialysis solutions."New avenuesShaker al Ansari, the general manager of Doha Plastic Company, said his firm's participation in the exhibition is in line with the company's policy of exploring new international markets for Qatari products. Doha Plastic, which was established in 2001 to recycle plastic, exports its products to Africa, India, and China. Through its participation in the OIC exhibition, the company aims to reach new markets in a large number of countries around the world.Ansari said the company conducts business with some of the largest corporations in Qatar, such as Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas. In 2012, the company started producing new agricultural equipment such as drip irrigation pipes as well as manufacturing greenhouses since 2014, in addition to all other green house agriculture-related products.Mohammed Maher, foreign exhibitions Officer at Asak Group, said,"We are participating in the exhibition to present Mona Food Products, which produces a range of Qatari products."We are participating in the exhibition for several reasons, most importantly to ink export deals, introduce our products in neighbouring markets and demonstrate the ability of Qatari factories to produce high-quality products comparable to their counterparts in the world."Bahaa Dandashi, executive director of Trust Electronics, said he is seeking distributors and agents through his participation in the exhibition. He said he is looking to conclude deals and contracts with international companies in a bid to attract them to manufacture their products in Doha, which will contribute to bolstering Qatar's economy by enhancing trade and exports, and contributing to the achievement of Qatar's National Vision of 2030. "We are using modern machines and high quality techniques in line with the latesttechnologies. We will enter production in the first quarter of 2019," he added."The factory is being established in Mesaieed area covering over 10,000 square metres. The factory is specialized in the manufacturing of internal and external capacitors as well as external and internal air conditioners boxes," Dandashi said.New opportunitiesFaraj Moftah Aman al Hamad, general manager of Bin Aman Plastic Industries, which established its factory in 2016, said through his participation in the exhibition, he aims at introducing and opening up new markets for Qatari industries which have demonstrated their success. Such exhibitions provide a platform for Qatari manufacturers to shed light on the quality of Qatari industries, he added. Ashraf Hassan, chief operating officer of Agrico, an agricultural development company and Qatar Meat Production, said both companies are featuring in the exhibition due their role in the development of agricultural products and meat production. Hassan noted that Qatar Meat has established a factory spanning 6,000 square meters in the new industrial zone, to meet a significant part of local demand for meat products, and is currently working on expanding its production capacity by acquiring new equipment and recruiting labour to ultimately export its products to new markets. He pointed out that participating in a foreign exhibition will help promote local companies and encourage them to cooperate with foreign firms, which contributes to the promotion of local products and opens up foreign markets for Qatari products. 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