UK firms keen to share expertise with Qatar
November 02 2016 12:21 AM
UK officials at a briefing held as part of Milipol Qatar yesterday.

Defence companies from the UK are looking to enhance opportunities in Qatar through industrial partnerships and long term joint ventures, officials of a UK delegation said yesterday at Milipol Qatar 2016.
Led by UK cyber ambassador Conrad Prince, Senior Police Adviser and Department of International Trade’s security adviser Richard Freeman, Department of Defence and Security Organisation’s security adviser Nigel Ellis and other UK representatives spoke highly of the support they received at Milipol Qatar.
While terming Milipol Qatar as one of the best fairs of the region, the UK delegates spoke on such vital areas as strategic partnership, innovation and technology co-operation. They said the UK security companies at the event showcased their capabilities in the law enforcement and security sectors, including cyber security solutions.
This significant presence reflects the ongoing strong commitment between the UK and their security and cyber sector counterparts in Qatar, it was pointed out.    
The delegation members said they have experiences in managing large sporting events and their companies are ready to share their successful experiences at the recent Rugby World Cup, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
“Further, our extensive knowledge of cyber security would help us to work closely with Qatar in this important and growing sector,” a delegate said.
Commenting on the UK companies’ involvement in Milipol Qatar 2016, Freeman said: “Qatar is an important strategic partner and we are continuing to deepen and strengthen our security relationships including the cyber sector where the UK has gained extensive experience and knowledge over the last five years.”
“I am very keen that the UK companies look for industrial partnerships in Qatar and the region so that we can continue to share knowledge, understanding and technology that can continue to strengthen our ties,” added Freeman. The UK has a strong track record in organising major sporting events and we will continue to work with Qatar as they prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and develop national security capabilities to support “the wider 2030 vision.”  
The UK pavilion at Milipol Qatar features 14 different companies this year, he added.

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