Italian ambassador Alessandro Prunas has stated that Italy continues to maintain robust trade relations with Qatar, despite the impact of the pandemic.
“There has been an increase in the volume of foodstuff exports from Italy to Qatar, Prunas said, lauding the quality of Italian food products and the efforts of the Italian Trade Agency in Doha. The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) had previously forged an agreement with LuLu Hypermarket for the sourcing of exports from Coldiretti, Italy’s national association of farmers representing 500,000 producers.
According to Prunas, the agreement allows LuLu direct access to high-quality farmers’ produce at lower prices: “This partnership has grown steadily to a point that LuLu has opened a warehouse in Milan, which is expected to be inaugurated next month. This facility will have a positive impact on Qatar-Italy trade relations and it will also play a significant role in increasing Italian food exports to Qatar.”
Despite the various Covid-19 impacts, the overall exchange between Italy and Qatar reached €1.2bn or a 37.5% growth in the first half of 2021, said ITA trade commissioner Giosafat Rigano. “There was a rebound in the economic relations between our two countries. In terms of agri-foods, Italian exports to Qatar amounted to €30mn or a growth of 3%,” he told gulf-times.com.