Qatar - Croatia relations


  • The diplomatic relations between Qatar and Croatia started on 12/05/1992
  • State of Qatar is the first country among the Gulf Countries (GCC), which established direct diplomatic relations with the Republic of Croatia by opening the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Zagreb in early 2013, which was followed by the opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Doha in late 2012 as the first Croatian Embassy in the Gulf region. It is expected that the President of the Republic of Croatia will inaugurate the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Kuwait soon.
  • HE. Ambassador Sheikha / Mozah bint Nasser al-Thani Represents the State of Qatar to the Republic of Croatia- (Ambassador-resident).
  • Qatar Airways began in May 2012, to operates direct flights to Zagreb (10 weekly flights).
  • The Islamic Centre in Rijeka was built by the donation of 8 million dollars from the State of Qatar, in addition of the donation to the Meshihat and Islamic center, for providing scholarship for Croatian students in Qatar and financing pilgrimage for the Muslims of the Republic of Croatia.
  • The loaded plane with humanitarian aid was send on the directive of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar for the Syrian refuges in Croatia in October 2015.
  • The Number of the Croatian Citizens of the Republic of Croatia in Doha is approximately 450 people.

The nature of the economic relations (particularly in the areas of trade and investment) between Qatar and Croatia:


Since the announcement of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Croatia on 05/12/1992  several agreements in the economic sphere were signed , the first was about promotion and protection of investments which entered into force from 12 November 2001, a Memorandum of understanding in the field of tourism cooperation dated 7/2/2010 was also signed, in addition to the signing of the Economic Cooperation Agreement dated 22/4/2009 during the visit of His Highness Sheikh/Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani - Emir of Qatar at the time , to Croatia and during the same visit a Memorandum of Understanding between the Qatar development Bank and Croatian Bank of Reconstruction was signed.

Also Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Energy was signed during the visit of the Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar to Croatia on December 4 to December 6 in 2013. He was accompanied by a delegation of senior officials from Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Petroleum International and Qatargas and Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA).

There is a great interest from the Croatian government circles often spoken about in all the meetings, to regulate the entry of Croatian companies to the Qatari market. Many of Croatian companies operating in the Qatari market through its subsidiaries or joint ventures with Qatari companies.

The Volume of the trade cooperation between the state of Qatar and the Republic of Croatia

 

From 2912 to  Nov. 2016

Import from Croatia

Export to Croatia

Total

Trade Balance Dollars

Year

28.519

5.085

33.604

-23.434

2012

28.468

5.030

33.498

-23.438

2013

26.556

5.034

31.590

-21.522

2014

23.349

3.688

27.037

-19.661

2015

13.689

2.923

16.612

-10.766

2016

Mutual Visits

First: The Qatari side

  • His Highness the Emir Father Sheikh / Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Highness Sheikha / Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned officially visited the Republic of Croatia during the period from 22 to 23 April 2009. His Highness asserted during the meeting with former Croatian president, "Stjepan Mesic" on the many opportunities for cooperation between the two countries which should be exploited for the benefit of the two peoples of Qatar and Croatia.
  • HE Dr. Ahmed Al Marri - Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, visited the Republic of Croatia in October 2009 , where he laid the foundation stone of the Islamic Center in "Rijeka" and he was received with open arms by Croatian officials to express the depth of the friendly relations between the two countries.
  • The Qatari team for volleyball set up a training camp in Croatia in September 2008.
  • The military Qatari Shooting team participated in the cycle of International Military Games of shooting in the summer of 2009 , which took place in Zagreb.
  • Qatari national football team visited Croatia in the summer of 2009, friendly matches were held with Croatian clubs in the framework of the preparations for the championships.
  • A Qatari military mission headed by Colonel Mahbub Dosari visited Zagreb through a registered civilian company in the United Arab Emirates-owned by a Sudanese where they continued their way to the city of "Karlovac" at the invitation of the power plant in that city, which is away from the capital about 40 km.
  • The Ambassador Abdullah Al-Jaber director of the Office of the Secretary of State of Qatar for International Cooperation at the time, visited Zagreb in the first half of the month of December 2009 as a representative of the Emir to meet the President of the Republic, "Stjepan Mesic" and handed over a gift from His Highness a traditional Qatari-ship manually manufactured.
  • Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada visited Republic of Croatia to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the field of Energy Technology between the Ministry of Energy and Industry, of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia December 2013.
  • HE Major Gen. (pilot) Ghanim bin Shaheen Al-Ghanim, Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces visited the Republic of Croatia with the delegation accompanying in the period from 12-15 / 06/2014.
  • 18 individual members of the Qatari Armed Forces participated in an important protection of VIP course in September 2014.
  • His Excellency Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Mirikhi, Director of the Department for International Development, participated in Croatia Forum, which was held in Dubrovnik during the period from 9-11 / July 2015 .
  • His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, visited the city of Sibenik and Rijeka on a private visit during the period 7-8/8/2015, at the invitation by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Croatia.
  • Major General Mohammed Bin Nasser Al Mohannadi - Commander of the Emiri Naval Forces visited Croatia during the period 10-14/08/2015, based on an official invitation by the Chief of Staff of the Croatian Army.
  • HE Dr. Ghaith bin Mubarak Al Kuwari - Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs visited the Republic of Croatia with his accompanying delegation from 26-28 / 04/2016, to participate in the celebration of 100 years since the recognition of the Islamic religion in the Republic of Croatia.
  • His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatari Minister of Defense officially visited the Republic of Croatia, in the period from June 1 – 3/ 2016 .

Second:  The Croatian Side

  • Former Croatian president, Mr. Stjepan Mesic visited Qatar for the first time in 2004, followed by his second visit in 2008.
  • former Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Gordan Jandrokovic visited the State of Qatar in October 2009.
  • The former Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Mr. Luka Bebic visited Qatar in February 2010.
  • The former President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Ivo Josipovic visited Qatar in November 2012.
  • The former Croatian Minister of Interior Mr. Ranko Ostojic visited Qatar during the period from 26-29 / 10/2014
  • HE Mr. Josip Leko - the former Head of the Croatian Parliament visited Qatar during the period from 18-21 / 11/2014
  • HE Gen. Drago Lovric - former Chief of Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, visited Doha during the period 23-25/ 02/2015, based on an official invitation by HE Maj. Gen. (pilot) Ghanim bin Shaheen Al-Ghanim - Chief of Staff of the Qatari army .
  • Mr. Ranko Ostojic -Former Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior visited Doha in February 2015, based on an invitation by HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani - Chairman of the Council of Ministers.
  • Mr. / Orsat Miljenic – Former Croatian Minister of Justice visited Doha during the period from 12-19 / 04/2015, to participate in the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
  • Mr. Luka Burilovic – Chairman of the Croatian Chamber of Economy visited Doha during the period from 11-13 / 05/2015, to attend the fifteenth Doha Forum.
  • Mr. Andrej Plenkovic the current President of the Croatian Government, visited Qatar in February 2016, as the head of a large delegation, in his capacity as vice chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the European Parliament. He was received in Doha by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir , where he was to address the security situation in the region, in addition to the possibility of developing cooperation between the European Union and the State of Qatar in order to consolidate stability and the fight against terrorism.
  • General Mirko Sundov - Chief of Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and his accompanying delegation visited Doha to participate in the military exhibition "DIMDEX 2016" during the period from March 29 to 31, 2016.
  • His Excellency Dr. Ivo Josipovic - the former President of the Republic of Croatia, visited the State of Qatar, during which he was received by His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani .

Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding


First, the signed Agreements:

  • Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation, (signed on 8/2/2010).
  • The Protocol of Cooperation between the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia, (signed in Doha on 26/10/2009 )
  • Protocol of Cooperation between the office of training and development of human resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, (signed in Doha on 26/10/2009 )
  • The Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation (signed in Zagreb on 23/04/2009).
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Qatar Development Bank and the Croatian Bank of Development and Reconstruction, (signed in Zagreb on 23/04/2009)
  • Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Sports between the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Croatian Olympic Committee, (signed in Zagreb on 04/22/2009)
  • Agreement on the Avoidance of double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income, (signed on 24/06/2008 , entered into force on 7/4/2009)
  • Air Transport Agreement (signed on 17/3/2004, and entered into force on February 8th, 2010.)
  • The Agreement to encourage and protect mutual investment, which became effective on November 12th, 2001.
  • A memorandum of understanding for Cooperation in the field of Energy Technology between the Ministry of Energy and Industry in Qatar and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Croatia (signed on 12/05/2013).
  • Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the legal field,signed in Doha on 14/04/2015between the Ministry of Justice of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, entered into force on November 16th, 2015.

Secondly, the agreements under study:

  • A draft Agreement for cooperation in the cultural field.
  • A draft Agreement for Cooperation and News Exchange between Qatar News Agency, and Croatian News Agency.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Health field.
  • An Agreement on exemption citizens of the State of Qatar and the Republic of Croatia of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and special passports who hold diplomatic passports and service travel visa procedures.
  • An Agreement between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Croatia concerning the regulation of manpower employment in the State of Qatar.
  • Draft Agreement on friendship and cooperation between Doha and Zagreb City.
  • A draft Agreement on cooperation in the field of environmental and nature protection between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Croatia
  • Draft Agreement of Additional Protocol on the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defense of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia on cooperation in the military field.
  • A draft Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of education, higher education and scientific research between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
  • An Agreement in the field of cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the State of Qatar.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Qatar and Croatian Chamber of Economy.
  • A draft Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of youth and sports between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Croatia.