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Amir's Visit Is Of Paramount Importance: Czech Ambassador


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA

Doha: Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Qatar H E Peter Chalupsky valued the close relations between the two countries, and the continuous development they are witnessing in strengthening partnerships in various fields.

He affirmed that the visit of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Czech Republic is of utmost importance both in terms of timing and substance, as it comes at a time when bilateral relations are witnessing continuous and important development. 

The Ambassador pointed to his country's recent opening of an embassy in Doha, while Qatar intends to open a similar embassy soon in the Czech capital Prague in order to deepen these relations.

He noted that despite the global economic turmoil, including the energy crunch in Europe, there are many new opportunities to deepen Qatari-Czech partnerships in the fields of investment, trade and energy. This is in addition to exchanging visions and consulting on regional and global political issues, especially as the development of these relations has gained an increasing momentum in recent months.

The envoy added that both countries have much in common in terms of truly strategic approach to modernising the economy, through building modern infrastructure, digitalisation and investing into state-of-the-art technologies, with the two countries' belief in meaningful investments and trade where there is still untapped potential in these sectors.

He noted that most of Czech exports to Qatar are mainly of machinery, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals or construction equipment. He expressed hope that the Czech export sectors to Qatar will expand significantly, not only in these areas, but also in defence and security, and space and aeronautics. 

He stated that any major cooperation in energy between the Czech Republic and Qatar would necessarily increase the numbers and statistics of trade exchange between them to a much higher level.

The Czech Ambassador warned that the current energy crunch in Europe has been a wake-up call for many and clearly showed the need to diversify suppliers, routes, but also sources of energy. He affirmed that the strong partnership with Qatar, with her unique reputation of a visionary and reliable supplier, seems like a natural choice in this respect.

Ambassador Chalupsky explained that in addition to the aforementioned areas and sectors of cooperation between Qatar and the Czech Republic, both Doha and Prague have the desire to enhance their cooperation and multiple partnerships in the sectors of agriculture and biotechnologies. There are multiple dynamic start-ups in Czechia, offering cutting-edge solutions in a number of areas seeking for partnerships or new markets. 

He said that his country has the appropriate investment-related legislation in place, though some of its new elements will enter into force in the near future and pointed out that a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Czechia and Qatar was signed in June. An agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investments has been agreed on by both parties in early September and is currently being reviewed by EU authorities as required. 

Czech Ambassador to Doha pointed out that the tourism industry is among the key areas in which the two countries wish to deepen their cooperation, especially in hotel and spa business, as well as developing broader tourist infrastructure. 

He praised the exceptional arrangements and preparations made by Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, saying: “We admire the tremendous efforts that the State of Qatar has expended in preparing for the FIFA World Cup. We also commend the long-term vision to keep the newly built

infrastructure operational long after the event to the benefit of not only the Qatari people but also the whole region and the world.”

He stressed that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is a unique opportunity to present the extraordinary Qatari culture to foreign visitors. 

He also expressed his appreciation for Qatar's openness in welcoming the diverse crowd of fans with their own cultural and social backgrounds from other parts of the world. 

“The Czech national team has not qualified but Czech fans will certainly find their favourite teams to root for. I am sure the Qatari national team will be one of them,” he added.

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