Singapore's ambassador to Qatar speaks on strong bilateral ties between the two nations
Sohan said bilateral ties between Qatar and Singapore are excellent during his lecture, which was attended by Qatari diplomats and Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs staffers. He said they have strong economic links, with Singaporean companies interested in operating in Qatar and Qatari companies having a share of Singapore’s economy. He also said the two countries have strong diplomatic ties, exemplary coordination in the United Nations and a bilateral, high-level committee that was established in 2006.
Sohan said he believes strong communications and high-level visits will continue between the two countries moving forward.
Shifting his focus to economics and investment, Sohan explained the unique path that brought Singapore to its current economic role. Gaining independence from Malaysia in 1956, Singapore currently boasts a GDP per capita of $87,000 despite its lack of natural resources.
The country has built its economy around innovation, and while many multi-national companies benefit from an investment presence in the small country, Singapore ensures that it also benefits from their presence.
Sohan drew parallels between Singapore and Qatar in terms of their size and development, saying that the countries’ geographies have spurred their economies.