The Cabinets of India and Qatar have ratified a number of draft agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to be signed between the two countries.
These MoUs will be signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to Qatar on June 4-5 at the invitation of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
The MoUs are for strengthening cooperation in the fields of tourism, skill development and customs.
Cooperation in the field of tourism
The main objectives of this MoU are:
- To create favourable conditions for long-term co-operation in the field of tourism for mutual benefits.
- To exchange expertise, publications, information/data and statistics related to tourism.
- To encourage cooperation through the exchange of programmes, propaganda and advertising materials, publications, films, promotion and marketing of their tourism products via media etc.
- To exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media /Opinion Makers for promotion of two-way tourism.
- To encourage co-operation between tourism sectors, tour operators, travel agents and other tourism private sector’s firms and bureaus in the two countries.
- To encourage the public and the private sectors to invest in tourism.
Qatar is an emerging tourism source markets for India with 6313 Qatar tourists travelling to India in 2015.
Qatar is a potential market for India in terms of Medical tourism and provides a vast opportunity for India in this field. The signing of an MoU with Qatar will be instrumental in increasing the arrival of this emerging source market.
Cooperation in skill development and recognition of qualifications
This MoU will facilitate workforce mobility, skill development and placement of youth in overseas jobs in Qatar.
Cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters
This MoU aims at entering into a bilateral Agreement on co-operation Customs matters.
It will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences. It will also facilitate trade and ensure the efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.