Qatar is considered as a very important commercial and investment partner and a potential supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Ukraine, said Yevhen Mykytenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Qatar.
He was speaking at a high-level reception hosted by the Ukranian Embassy for key private and public sector officials from Qatari Ministries and state agencies.
Among the key guests were the Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti; Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi; Secretary-General of Gas Exporting Countries Forum Mohammed Hossein Adeli and key business representatives from both countries.
At the opening ceremony, Mykytenko spoke about the political, commercial, economic, cultural, and humanitarian collaborations between the two countries and emphasised the dynamics of its development and growth. “With every passing year, we intensify the political dialogue between our countries and strengthen our economic relations. Over the first 10 months of 2016, the turnover of commodities between the two countries exceeded $35m,” said the Ambassador.
“In Ukraine, Qatar is considered a truly important commercial and investment partner and a potential supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to our country. We are also proud that the Ukrainian company Interpipe presents its products in the Qatari market with dignity,” he added.
Metal industry products are among the top Ukrainian export goods to Qatar. On average, they represent 30-35 percent of the overall annual value of Ukrainian exports to Qatar. Leading Ukrainian industrial company Interpipe was a key partner of the event.
“Interpipe has been successfully working in the Gulf for approximately 20 years already. Our products are implemented in the largest construction projects in Qatar," said Andrey Burtsev, CCO for Middle East, Africa, and Asia markets. "For instance, we have supplied steel pipes for the Hamad International Airport, Lusail Multipurpose Hall, and Qatar Rail Red Line Metro. We have been in long-term collaboration with the Ukrainian legation in Qatar, and are truly grateful for their support and promotion of Ukrainian manufacturers. We are also very happy and proud that this grand reception has been arranged with the support of our company,” he added.
Interpipe is global producer of steel pipes and railway wheels, based in Ukraine.
The company’s products are marketed in more than 80 countries around the world through a network of sales offices located in key markets of Ukraine, the CIS, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. In 2015 Interpipe supplied 600,000 tons of pipe and wheel products. The company’s workforce makes up 11,500 employees.