Posted on December 19, 2018

The Singaporean ambassador to Qatar, Jai Sohan praised Qatar as it has done very well in many areas over the past years, especially the efforts by the state to strengthen its self-reliance, build up domestic industries and food security.

The ambassador said, in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of National Day, that Qatar’s expanding its diplomatic ties, economic output, international commercial linkages and investments have been extremely impressive, adding that Qatar is also proceeding well with efforts to realise its goals for National Vision 2030 in the areas of economic, social, human and environmental development, and that these range from reforms to the education system, and domestic labour laws to economic diversification and policies to ensure the protection of the environment, as it is heartening to see.

He pointed out that National Days serve as important moments for the people of a country to come together in reflection - to reflect on their identity and common values as a nation, how far they have come, and the important journey that still lies ahead, as it is also an opportunity for the people to reaffirm the bonds of nationhood and to re-commit themselves to the collective effort of national development. The Singaporean ambassador to Qatar, Jai Sohan praised Qatar as it has done very well in many areas over the past years, especially the efforts by the state to strengthen its self-reliance, build up domestic industries and food security.

The ambassador said, in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of National Day, that Qatar’s expanding its diplomatic ties, economic output, international commercial linkages and investments have been extremely impressive, adding that Qatar is also proceeding well with efforts to realise its goals for National Vision 2030 in the areas of economic, social, human and environmental development, and that these range from reforms to the education system, and domestic labour laws to economic diversification and policies to ensure the protection of the environment, as it is heartening to see.

He pointed out that National Days serve as important moments for the people of a country to come together in reflection - to reflect on their identity and common values as a nation, how far they have come, and the important journey that still lies ahead, as it is also an opportunity for the people to reaffirm the bonds of nationhood and to re-commit themselves to the collective effort of national development. The envoy said that he thinks that this is an important element in the celebration of National Days, expressing his warmest wishes and heartiest congratulations to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the government, and the people of Qatar on the joyous occasion of the National Day. 

He expressed his pleasure to be working as an ambassador in Qatar, saying that Doha is a very liveable city with a wide variety of goods and services on offer, and that he notice all around many projects that the Qatari government is undertaking to improve the local infrastructure and ambience of the city, but also in preparation for World Cup 2022 which will be a historic event for Qatar and the region as whole. He also pointed out that Qatar has also developed excellent air and maritime connections with a wide range of international destinations, making it convenient hub for international trade and travel, and it is also notable that Qatar has been building up partnerships with many international organisations to further a range of humanitarian and cultural causes in countries around the world, but most of all, it is the people that makes a country; and Qataris are warm and welcoming. 

The ambassador said that Singapore welcomes the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the siege crisis through diplomacy and dialogue, asserting that Singapore support the efforts of Kuwait on this count. Sohan stated that the diplomatic relations between Singapore and Qatar, which were established in 1984, are excellent, as they are underpinned by the warm ties between our leaders, and under the guidance of first, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and now His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and our Singapore leaders, political relations have grown steadily over the years.

He stressed on the economic relations between Singapore and Qatar and how they are also growing, as Qatar was Singapore’s third largest trading partner in the Middle East in 2017, with bilateral trade amounting to QR20.3bn) - a rise of 78.3% from 2016.

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