By finding new trade partners, exploring new import channels, opening new maritime lines, activating domestic production, Qatar has defeated the nefarious designs of blockading countries to create a crisis in Qatar.
62 days after the siege, normal life goes on in Qatar, with no scarcity of food items. Rather, the siege has proved a blessing in disguise, with Qatar ensuring speedy completion of its projects, to ensure self-sufficiency.
Immediately after the imposition of blockade by the three Gulf countries, all imports from those countries were halted. To address the temporary shortage of dairy and poultry products in markets, Turkish and Iranian food products hit the shelves of retail outlets.
Turkish exports to Qatar increased 51.5% in Jun, compared to the previous month, and reached $53.5m. Food, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, poultry and water topped the list of Turkish exports to Qatar. Till the second week of July, Turkey had sent 197 cargo planes, 16 trucks and one ship to Qatar, to meet its daily needs, since the crisis started.
During the siege, a Qatari company announced airlifting 4,000 cows from Germany, US and Australia, to address the country’s domestic milk demand, in face of a Saudi-led blockade. A number of shipments have already arrived in Qatar.
Apart from imports from Turkey, Iran, India and other countries, many national products like Baladna, Dandy and Ghadeer were, and are available in the local markets, to serve daily needs of residents.
A few days back, in a statement to QNA, Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs, at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, said that, new livestock production projects in Qatar included Baladna livestock farm, which targeted 40 percent share in dairy products’ market in the country.
Qatar is also building strategic food security facilities and warehouses, at Hamad Port, having the capacity of providing stockpile of processed and stored food for three million people for two years, as well as, exporting food-stuff to regional countries.
Two days ago, 88 Qatari and 200 Turkish companies met in Izmir, to develop commercial relations between the two countries. The first result was an agreement to launch trade between Kocaeli and Doha. To counter the effects of blockade, Doha and Tehran are also willing to discuss land trade routes.
The role of Mwani and Hamad Ports have been pivotal in knocking out the challenges posed by the blockading countries and siege.
Hamad Port has successfully broken the siege imposed on Qatar with the opening of five new shipping lines.
Turkish Economy Minister, Nihat Zeybekci, said, We’re thinking about alternatives for land trade routes with Qatar, but the easiest way is passing through Iran, Zeybekci told Anadolu Agency.
In a statement to QNA, the Director of Hamad Port, Captain Abdul Aziz Al Yafei, said that, Hamad Port’s new lines connect directly to several ports in the region and beyond, such as Sohar and Salalah in Oman, Mundra and Nhava Sheva in India, Izmir in Turkey and other ports served by these international companies from all over the world.
He pointed out that Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar), received in the first half of this year, up to 470,000 tonnes of general cargo and about 407,000 heads of livestock, in addition to 449,000 tonnes of gabbro and building materials.
Source: NAM News Network