Governor Eric Holcomb is optimistic that the Indiana trade mission he led last week to Qatar will bear fruit in the years to come through new partnerships and economic development opportunities between the Middle Nation. East and Midwestern State.
The Republican Chief Executive, along with Commerce Secretary Brad Chambers, spent five days meeting with the Qatari government and business leaders with the aim of advancing innovation, investment and business creation. jobs in Indiana.
“Indiana and Qatar share a strong commercial relationship, and this trip has been productive in creating opportunities for future investment in our states,” said Holcomb.
“Throughout the week, my team and I were greeted with great hospitality which led to productive discussions and inspired even more ideas for partnerships.”
There have been no immediate economic development announcements following Holcomb’s return from its ninth international trade mission since taking office in 2017.
Although it usually takes several months for the business and government relationships established on these types of trips to develop into solid friendships with benefits for Indiana.
Qatari leaders who met with Holcomb and Chambers included Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani and Qatari Minister of Trade and Industry and Acting Minister of Finance Ali Bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari .
The governor said they discussed the various economic forces shared between Indiana and Qatar, including infrastructure and sports, as well as ways to strengthen trade cooperation between the two entities.
Holcomb and the Hoosier delegation from Indiana Economic Development Corp. also visited the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, an innovative stadium built using shipping containers that will host soccer matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East East.
The Indiana chief executive for the second term noted that Hoosier state is home to a thriving sports economy and the connections made on this trip could lead to possible collaborations and partnerships.
Other stops during the week included visits to the Qatar National Library, the Qatar Foundation and Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which is home to around 8,500 US troops, including members of the National Guard. of Indiana and other enlisted Hoosier men and women.
Qatar – pronounced “cutter” – is a nation of 2.7 million people living on a peninsula that stretches out into the Persian Gulf from the east coast of Saudi Arabia.
Indiana and Qatar currently have minimal commercial ties. Records show that Indiana in 2020 exported $ 43.4 million in goods to Qatar while importing just $ 76,637 in goods from Qatar.
Travel expenses for the Indiana delegation to Qatar were paid for through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation and not Hoosier taxpayer money.