“We are still doing very well and will make sure economic growth outpaces that of the region,” Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi said, forecasting private sector growth of 4 percent in 2018.
He said Qatar was moving on fast with spending in preparation of hosting the 2022 World Cup – the centrepiece of Dohas strategy to project itself on the global stage – and that 90 percent of infrastructure work for the event would be completed by 2019.
Qatar is set to make its first foray into the international bond markets since the Arab row erupted last year. It will meet UK and U.S. investors from April 9-11 ahead of issuing five-, 10- and 30-year dollar notes.
Al-Emadi said before that announcement that the political crisis had not dampened appetite for Qatari debt and that Doha was engaged in the market.