Prez Mahama On A Three-Day State Visit To Qatar

President John Mahama is on a three-day state visit to Qatar, an official communication from the Presidency said. Mahama, who left on Saturday evening, arrived in Doha earlier Sunday and was met at the airport by the Minister for Petroleum and Industry of Qatar, Dr. Mahammed Bin Saleh Alsada. During his visit, President Mahama will focus his discussions on investments in the country power and energy sectors. He will also meet with the leadership of the Qatar Foundation, well known for providing support for world class tertiary education and other philanthropic causes. Mr. Mahama will also meet the Qatar business community and the Ghanaian Community in Doha. A statement signed by the Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson, Ben Dotse Malor stated that President Mahama will meet the Ruler of the State of Qatar, His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for discussions centered on strengthening Ghana�s relations with Qatar, including specific investment proposals for boosting the energy sector. President Mahama is also scheduled to hold meetings with Qatar�s Minister for Energy and Industry, the Head of Qatar International Petroleum, the Managing Director of Qatar Iron & Steel Industry, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Investment Authority, as well as the leadership of the Qatar Foundation, which promotes world class tertiary education and philanthropic causes. According to the statement, the objectives of the President�s state visit to Qatar is aimed at achieving �energy security, stability and affordability for Ghanaians, and also make Ghana the energy hub for West Africa.� �Qatar�s development path and experiences offer valuable lessons for Ghana�s economic transformation, in view of the points of commonality between the two nations, especially in the oil and gas sector, petro-chemicals, hotels and hospitality, education, agriculture and agro-business.� The Minister-designate for Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, and the Chief Executive Officers of the Volta River Authority (VRA), GridCo and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, (GIPC) accompanied the President. He will return to Accra on Tuesday, December 2.