Posted on November 29, 2014
South African Ambassador to Qatar HE Saad Cachalia has said that a delegation of Qatari businessmen will be visiting Qatar on Monday (December 1) to hold talks with Qatari businessmen and to explore possibilities of cooperation in different areas, said Qatar Tribune.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of a luncheon hosted by him for African ambassadors and other embassy officials on Thursday, Cachalia said,"It is a personal-level visit by the trade delegation from South Africa. The team will explore possibilities of doing business together with Qatari counterparts." Meanwhile, the envoy said that the number of skilled professionals coming to Qatar has increased considerably in the recent times be it engineers, teachers or paramedical staff. According to the Ambassador, there are about 4000 South Africans professionals in Qatar including engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, pilots, among others.
Besides, Cachalia said that South African companies such as Nando's have also made their presence felt in the country."We have Nando's. There is also Sasol, a company involved in Gas to Liquid (GTL) project, and the Quanto Bello Company that has done a lot of work here," he said. The envoy further said that he would like more Qatari companies to invest in South Africa and Africa as a whole."We play the role of facilitators. We create the climate for bilateral cooperation and investment. We would like Qatari investors to look at South Africa and Africa for their investment opportunities," he said.
The luncheon was attended by Kenyan, Nigerian, Chad, Ethiopia, Swaziland ambassadors, among others and representatives from Senegalese, Djibouti embassies. Cachalia said,"We shared some ideas on what is happening in Africa and what we need to do as a continent."