Consul General of Qatar, Mishal Muhammad Ali Al Ansari has said that two more Qatari visa centers will also be established in Peshawar and Lahore for processing visas of skilled and semi-skilled labor. As of now, two Qatari visa centers are already operational in Karachi and Islamabad.
Speaking at a meeting of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mishal said,
Around 150,000 Pakistanis are living in Qatar as compared to around 40,000 Pakistani expats just four years ago.
The envoy said Qatar has initiated visa on arrival service for all Pakistanis, and Qataris were also benefiting from a similar visa on arrival facility during their visit to Pakistan.
We’ve opened up the country and are looking for partners from all over the world. We’ve also eased the restrictions and regulations for anyone who wants to do business in Qatar. There are numerous sectors where no local Qatari partner is required anymore while Qatari banks are also fully assisting such foreign investors.
Highlighting the activities for the FIFA 2020 World Cup and the Vision 2030, Qatari Consul General stated that preparations for the world cup are in full swing as a lot of projects are going on in Qatar. Half of the development work on the subway system has been completed while the construction of two out of six stadiums has also been completed. Work on the remaining four football stadiums will also be completed next year.
Earlier, KCCI President Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, while welcoming the Qatari Consul General, underscored the need for making collective efforts to enhance trade ties between Pakistan and Qatar. Both countries have been enjoying good bilateral relations particularly in the energy sector but efforts have to be made from both sides to enhance trade and investment cooperation in other sectors.
Referring to FIFA 2020 being organized in Qatar, he stated that this particular event has opened up a host of opportunities for the business communities of both countries to collaborate in numerous sectors of the economy.
He was of the opinion that Pakistan, being an agricultural economy, can offer many commodities to Qatar including fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, meat, livestock, gems & jewelry, information technology, and engineering.