Malaysia, Qatar exploring possibility of collaborating on 3rd national car

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Qatar are exploring the possibility of collaboration on Malaysia’s third national car project, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said today.

This is to leverage Qatar’s investments in Volkswagen and Audi.

Minister Darell Leiking recently discussed the possibility of a collaboration during a bilateral meeting with Qatar’s Commerce and Industry Minister Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari and Qatar Investment Authority chief executive officer Mansoor Ebrahim al-Mahmoud in Davos.

The meeting was a follow-up to the recent visit by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani to Malaysia on Dec 6, 2018, MITI said.

Qatar has welcomed the idea and reiterated on the need to deliberate the details of the joint manufacturing project, MITI said in a statement today.

Leiking highlighted that Qatar could also look at the possibility of collaborating in other parts of Malaysia’s automotive sector such as investment in automotive components or production of electric cars.