Dignitaries, Prominent Businessmen, and other Distinguished Guests from Qatar…
I am very happy to welcome all of you to the State of Kerala. On behalf of the Government and the people of Kerala, I thank each and everyone of you for your valuable presence and participation in this Kerala-Qatar Business Meeting. I would like to put on record our sincere thanks to His Highness Sheikh Thamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar for giving an opportunity to Indians, especially Keralites to live, work and earn their livelihood with utmost dignity and respect in Qatar. I also thank the Royal Family Members, Government Officials and the citizens of Qatar for their love and kindness towards our people living in your great country.
As we all know, Gulf countries share a historical relationship with India, especially Kerala, thousands of years before the discovery of Oil and Gas. Kerala has all along been the preferred trading destination of all Arab countries. Also, Kerala and Qatar share a very close and strong relationship which is growing day by day. Today, Qatar is home to almost 8 lakhs Indians and among them the majority are Keralites.
Today, Kerala is a preferred and favorite investment spot for tourism and industry. Vallarpadam Container Terminal and Smart City are among the major investments in our State. Our state is a Progressive land having 100% literacy, immense natural beauty and natural resources. In many ways Kerala is unique in India. Our State has quality infrastructure. My Government is committed to develop it to worldclass quality and standards to make it easy for investments. In this small state we have 4 airports and a number of seaports contributing to the development of industry, trade and commerce. Kochi Seaport is one of the largest commercial ports in India.
There are many sectors including Tourism, Traditional Industries, Agro-processing, IT, logistics and healthcare where we welcome foreign investments. I invite the Government and the businessmen in Qatar including each and every one of you to consider investing in our State. Let me assure Kerala Government’s every support and assistance in providing our investors the prefect climate for growth.
I once again thank you all for your presence here. I am sure this meeting will definitely be a positive step in further strengthening the existing strong relationship between Kearla and Qatar in the coming days. I hope you will have a nice time here.