The Qatari and Japanese governments agreed last week to expand cooperation in infrastructure and development projects, including desalination and wastewater treatment facilities.
The announcement came at the end of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-day visit to Doha.
Under the agreement, Japanese and Qatari companies will work together on major infrastructure projects in Qatar, as that country prepares to host the World Cup in 2022.
“Japanese companies will take part in developing Qatar’s infrastructure to serve Qatar’s 2030 Vision,” the two sides said in a joint statement. “Projects will include desalination plants, wastewater treatment plants, stadiums, and the Doha Metro,” among others.
The two countries will also cooperate in developing water and wastewater management technologies, Qatari officials said.
To this end, a specialized research center will be built in the Doha Science and Technology Park.
In addition, the two countries will establish joint forums to discuss state-of-the-art water technologies. They will also sign a memorandum of understanding to facilitate joint scientific research.
The Qatari government has recently revealed a $60 billion USD state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, an 18 percent increase over the previous year. Most of the funds are being allocated for major infrastructure projects – roughly $20 billion USD was earmarked for desalination and sanitation.
Qatar will invest 10 times that amount for infrastructure over the next 11 years.
It plans to build 140 new power stations, 810 kilometers of water pipelines and five new water reservoirs with a total capacity of 2,700 million gallons per day throughout the country.
The government also aims to increase daily drinking water production by 180 million gallons. The goal is to surpass the 500 million gallon per day mark by 2018.
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