Qatar’s ambassador to The Gambia has spoken out about Doha’s commitment to strengthening its partnership and furthering economic cooperation with its West African ally.
In an interview with Gambia’s Daily Observer, Ambassador Mohamed Nasser Al-Kaabi noted the cordial relations between the two countries for the last two decades, and went on to express the need to “uphold this momentum” and consolidate these recent gains.
The Qatari diplomat took the opportunity to underscore that The Gambia is a peaceful country well-suited for investment with a pool of resources that includes both vast tracts of agricultural land and largely reserves of unexploited underground resources.
“The Gambia has a lot of fish, vegetable and different kinds of fruits which can be exported. It will be a great country in the future if it can explore and make good use of what it has,” he commented.
In the interest of fostering trade with the country, Ambassador Al-Kaabi pledged the support of Qatar’s Banjul embassy in enhancing the rapid development of The Gambia’s national economy, though cautioning that this would be based on the urgent needs of the country.
He noted that Gambian students have been going to Qatar to pursue various fields of studies at different universities for many years, and highlighted his hope to secure an agreement with the government of The Gambia to strengthen the country’s educational sector.
Highlighting tourism, the Qatar diplomat described The Gambia as a very good destination with a lot of untapped potential, but lamented the fact that the Qatar Airlines is currently not flying to Banjul and expressed hope that this could be resolved sooner rather than later.
“With that in place, I think it will be more attractive to the Qatari investors to establish more business in The Gambia. There are also agreements between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Katara Hospitality in Qatar about building hotels here. I think it will be very helpful, if we can improve these agreements and implement them,” he concluded.