Following the invitation of Minister of Finance of the State of Qatar Ali Sharif Al Emadi, representatives of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine had a working visit to the State of Qatar on February 18 and 19, 2019.
The Ukrainian delegation led by Minister of Finance Oksana Markarova met with Minister of Finance of the State of Qatar Ali Sharif Al Emadi, the management of the Central Bank of the State of Qatar, representatives of the Qatar Sovereign Investment Fund as well as representatives of the Commercial Bank of Qatar, the National Bank of Qatar and Qatar Development Bank.
The main topics of the talks referred to the bilateral trade and economic cooperation as well as investment opportunities in Ukraine in its infrastructure, agriculture and energy sector. the parties also discussed the positioning of Ukraine in the global economy, economic development trends in Ukraine and the progress in the implementation of structural reforms.
Investments now pose the main driving force of Qatar’s economy, which is why the representatives of Qatar’s Ministry of Finance expressed their readiness to consider long-term investment support for Ukrainian projects related to infrastructure, property and agriculture.
The parties also discussed the possibility to extend the flight network of the Qatar Airlines to other cities of Ukraine.
The representatives of Ukraine and Qatar agreed that a delegation from Ukraine should take part in the big international agricultural exhibition AgriteQ that will take place on March 19-22 of this year in Doha.
During the meeting with representatives of Qatar Development Bank, the Qatar side shared its experience in the consolidation of the state support mechanisms for business in one financial institution including seed funding, export funding and portfolio loan guarantees. The representatives of Qatar Development Bank expressed their interest for the Ukrainian experience in launching the electronic public procurement system Prozorro.
The Minister of Finance and representatives of the other institutions of the State of Qatar that had talks with the Ukrainian delegation accepted an invitation from the Ukrainian side and confirmed their plans to visit Ukraine soon to study the competitive advantages and capacities of the Ukrainian market as well as to have talks with representatives of the Government, key banks and financial institutions of Ukraine.