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In Qatar, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Kuwait. However, in the fall of 2011, Canada will be officially opening an Embassy in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Qatar is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. However, this situation will be changing in March 2011 since the first resident Ambassador of Qatar will be accredited to Canada. Bilateral relations: Canada is pleased to see that Qatar is continuing to play an important role at the international level, one that far exceeds the country’s geographic size. Qatar actively participates in the World Trade Organization and has a dynamic foreign policy, which includes acting as intermediary in several regional conflicts. The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, visited Qatar from February 27 to March 1, 2011. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon, and his Qatari counterpart co-chaired a meeting of the G8-BMENA in January 2011. The Minister of International Trade, Peter Van Loan, also visited Qatar in November 2010. Nearly 5,000 Canadians reside and work in Qatar. As of June 2011, Qatar Airways are offering direct flights between Montreal and Doha three times per week. This should make it easier for individuals to travel between Canada and Qatar and promote trade development. Trade relations between Canada and Qatar are expected to expand significantly over the coming years as Qatar’s economy continues to grow apace and as Canadian exporters and investors become more familiar with the unparalleled infrastructure-based opportunities it offers. In 2009, Canadian exports to Qatar were valued at $223.88 million. Areas of growth include gas-based industries, construction, healthcare, education, and high tech. Among the most important projects in Qatar that involve Canada is a complete technical college in Doha operated by Newfoundland and Labrador’s College...
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