Qatar is considering to start direct shipping lines from the newly-opened Hamad Port to North Africa region, connecting several countries, including Tunisia, Morocco and other Arab states in the region to boost bilateral trade.
The idea of introducing direct marine link with the region will not only be limited to expanding trade volume but also to use the region as a gateway to Europe and other countries to exporting and re-exporting goods from the multi-billion dollar Hamad Port and the upcoming food processing complex being developed adjacent to the iconic port, according to some prominent Qatari businessmen. ‘New shipping lines are expected to be started from the Hamad Port to North Africa region, including Tunisia. As Qatar is working to achieve food security by developing a hub at Hamad Port, we are working to establish strategic partnership with many North African and European countries to meet their demands for food grains and other goods’, the Vice-Chairman of Qatar Chamber, Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Towar Al Kuwari told The Peninsula.
Al Kuwari, also a leading businessman, added: ‘Tunisia is a gateway to Europe and Africa. It’s an Arab country which has great potential to expand economic cooperation with Qatar… We are discussing with Russia, India, Pakistan, Australia and many other countries to source wheat, rice and other food grains to achieve food security as well as re-exporting the same to other countries in the region and beyond. And Tunisia can be one of the key partners in this regard. He said that the world-class Hamad Port has opened at the right time, which is destined to change the landscape of regional sea transport sector. READ MORE.