Japan keen to tap opportunities in 'new sectors'
28 Feb 2017 - 22:51
By Satish Kanady / The Peninsula
Japan, one of the largest trading partners of Qatar, is looking to expand its presence in Qatar’s non-conventional sectors.
“Japan is already making its strong presence in conventional sectors like energy and infrastructure, but we are also exploring the opportunities in new sectors like environment, culture and health sectors,” Seiichi Otsuka, Japan’s ambassador to Qatar told The Peninsula yesterday.
Talking on the sidelines of a Business Forum, hosted by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Dubai and Qatar Chamber (QC), the Japanese Ambassador said the Forum is a follow-up to the initiative taken by Qatar Financial Centre last year, which invited Japanese companies to Qatar to explore the opportunities in the non-oil sector. Headed by Masami Ando, Managing Director, JETRO Dubai, representatives of 29 Japanese companies attended yesterday’s business networking session. TOTO, ACG, Mitsubishi Plastics Asia pacific, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Inaba Denki Sangyo, T Chatani & Co, Nagase Co and Sharp Middle East FZe showcased their products and expertise in the respective fields at the event.
Fujitsu introduced its expertise in traffic and transport management services. The company is interested in sharing its expertise with Qatar in aggregating and analysing real-time urban road traffic and public transport data to provide passengers with more useful and meaningful experiences of journeys with less stress.
Fujitsu is also looking for opportunities in Qatar in environment monitoring. Some Japanese companies , which are specialised in tunnel lighting, are also planning to hold discussions with the Doha Metro authorities, the ambassador said. Qatar Chamber's Vice-Chairman Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Towar Al Kuwari said that Qatari-Japanese ties are distinguished at all levels, especially in economic and commercial domains, adding that trade between the two countries stood at $18bn in 2015, and that the State of Qatar is an important partner for Japan in the Middle East.