Bilateral trade between India and Qatar having reached a record $15bn last year, India's envoy Dr Deepak Mittal Wednesday asked the agriculture and processed food exporters and importers to explore opportunities for collaboration, co-operation and establishing new partnerships in the Gulf country.
He was speaking at a virtual India-Qatar B2B meeting, organised by Indian Business and Professionals Council (IBPC Qatar) in collaboration with the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda).
The meet saw active participation from nearly 40 Qatari and 70 Indian business delegates, joining over the web to forge new business partnerships. While actual numbers are still being worked out, organisers stated that several new business deals were struck during the two-hour meet.
As Qatar is hosting FIFA World Cup 2022, more than 1mn fans are expected to visit Qatar, this will give a great opportunity to Indian products including organic.
India is also one of the largest producers of milk, pulses, jute, spices, poultry, fish, plantation crops and many other products. More than 30% food products in Qatar are sourced from India.
Dr M Angamuthu, chairman Apeda, said it is working with 205 countries, exporting more than 1,000 product ranges, which are being well received in every market, including the Americas, Asia and Europe.
The products are being directly sourced from farmers from every region of the country. Apeda has more than 30,000 exporters as registered members, with whom Qatar's counterparts can work with.
"India and Qatar relations have been very strong for a very long time and India plays a major role in the growth of Qatar. Food trade with India will secure food security for Qatar, as Doha is focusing mainly on food security issues," said Nasser Jeham al-Kuwari, former chief executive officer of QChem, who was the chief guest.
IBPC president Jaffer Us Sadiq recounted efforts made by it to enhance bilateral trade and economic ties between the two countries.