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Wednesday, 29 March 2023 07:12 GMT

USQBC Expected To Host US Congressional Delegation In Qatar

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) The US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC) is planning to host a delegation of American congressmen, which is expected to arrive in Qatar this February, the council's top official has said.
Scott Taylor, USQBC president, said the planned visit of the US congressional delegation to Qatar is part of the council's efforts to boost the trade and economic relations between both countries.
“There is a delegation in the works and it will be composed of bi-partisan members of congress from different US states. Most of the time, members of congress have specific industries in their respective districts that relate to Qatar, whether it's energy, sustainability, or defence.
“The dates for this event are being firmed up and it may happen this February, probably right around or just right after the strategic dialogue that is currently happening,” Taylor told Gulf Times in an exclusive interview.
According to Taylor, members of the congressional delegation from the US are slated to meet with ministers and other high-level government officials in Qatar, as well as with US ambassador to Qatar Timmy Davis and other dignitaries.
Also expected to participate in the meeting are US and Qatari companies and other players and stakeholders of both countries' private sectors, as well as members of the US military and their Qatari counterpart, Taylor pointed out.
Taylor, a former congressman and US Navy Seal, underscored the importance of forging networks between private sector companies and congress members, who can impact policy in different industries and business sectors.
Asked about USQBC's plans for 2023, Taylor said:“The USQBC will strive to organise a congressional delegation to Qatar once every quarter. AsUSQBC, we basically decided that I would visit Qatar at least once every quarter.”
Taylor added:“My vision as president of the USQBC is to make sure that I am coming here on a regular basis because obviously, relationships are very important in this part of the world and it is important for me to build relationships with my existing members and with the authorities in Doha, as well as with prospective members.”
Taylor was appointed USQBC president in June 2022, and he aims to utilise his extensive experience in international business development, government relations, and government diplomacy to support the council's mission to expand and enhance the bilateral business relationship between Qatar and the US.
As a congressman representing Virginia's 2nd district, Taylor served on the Appropriations Committee. He was a sponsor of the AshantiAlert Act, a nationwide network for missing persons, and the VA SEA Act for accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to his time in Congress, Taylor served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.


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