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Costa Rica’s Mora eyes Qatar as Middle East trade gateway

Costa Rica’s Mora eyes Qatar as Middle East trade gateway

SAN JOSE: Minister of Foreign Trade Alexander Mora said Costa Rica eyes on making Qatar its gateway to the Middle East for various economic and trade related initiatives.

Mora said we see Qatar as the gateway to our economic and inter political initiatives in the Middle East region. This reciprocity is a natural connection that we should be taking advantage in a much better way.

Mora was in Qatar on a two day visit recently, met with the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani and officials of Qatar Investment Authority’s (QIA) Hassad Food.

Mora said with 10% of its total GDP derived from the agro business sector, the meetings revolved around the export of Costa Rica’s tropical fruits, grains, flowers, meats, and other produce to the Middle East through Qatar.

According to Mora Nestled between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Costa Rica is also looking to Qatar to help it develop its ocean economy.

Further Mora said he had also met with Qatar Chamber officials and discussed the involvement of the private sector in future projects, as well as plans to bring a Qatari business delegation to Costa Rica by September 2015 to strengthen bilateral relations.

Mora stressed  we do not have a strong tradition in fishing but we ambition to develop our waters as a source of production, which is why we think that Qatar can be a good partner to help us develop this initiative.