YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, visited Qatar from 11 until 14 December 2019. The Malaysian delegation included Foreign Minister, Economic Affairs Minister, Defence Minister and senior officials from various ministries and agencies.
In conjunction with the visit, MIDA and MATRADE in collaboration with Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) and Qatar Businessmen Association (QBA) organised a Roundtable Meeting with Qatar’s Captains of Industry on 12 December 2019 in Doha.
A total of 81 Qatari businessmen and businesswomen from 62 companies attended the meeting. Among the potential industries promoted for collaboration includes the development of global operation hub, logistics, green tech, education, hospitality, oil and gas, chemical, food processing, halal and Islamic banking.
The delegation also visited Baladna Farm at Al Khor Al Thakhira. Baladna is one of the largest livestock and dairy farm owners in Qatar.
The company supplies over 95% of the country's fresh dairy products. On 10 October 2019, Baladna signed a joint venture agreement with FELCRA Malaysia, which involve a development of an anchor farm in Malaysia that is expected to be the largest in the country with 10,000 heads capacity targeting annual production of 50 million litres of milk per year.
The visit to Qatar was one of the Government’s many efforts to strengthen Malaysia’s economic bilateral relations with Middle East countries, especially Qatar, as well as to promote trade and investments into Malaysia.