Australia to boost trade ties with Qatar

Oct 17, 2004 02:00 AM

Western Australia is pushing aggressively to improve trade ties with Qatar, with a delegation from its oil and gas sector visiting Doha to explore investment and business opportunities.
The delegation held a meeting with Qatari businessmen at a function hosted by the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) at its premises.

Gary Strokes, Deputy Director General, Business and Trade Services of Western Australia's Department of Industry and Resources, said his department was planning to open a representative office in Doha to foster bilateral trade, especially since trade between Qatar and Australia are modest. Strokes, who heads the mission, said that Western Australian companies were promoting new technologies that are suitable in Qatar's oil and gas industry.
The companies represented specialise in a variety of fields like thermographic inspection, transformer insulation, oil filtration and maintenance and marine welding and dry weld for ships, military vessels, pipelines, oil rigs, platforms and sea structures, ports and jetties.

"We are looking at the Qatari market for the first time and we have been impressed by the development taking place here, particularly in the oil and gas industry," he said. "We look to set up a permanent representative office in Qatar", Strokes added.
"We are building on the six hundred Australians already present in the Qatari market with one company from Western Australia doing some training in fire and emergency services".

He said oil and gas industry was of particular interest, because Western Australian companies have just finished the construction of an LNG train to supply gas to China and Japan.
"Ours and Qatari oil and gas companies are similar because we are working in the same areas of business, therefore there could be interesting scope for co-operation", he added.

Source: The Peninsula
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