On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on Houston’s relationship with Qatar and Asia with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
Houston has long had economic relationships with the rest of the world through the energy sector and the Port of Houston. With rapid growth in many foreign countries, those relationships have expanded quickly.
Chase Untermeyer, managing director of Qatus Advising, a firm that represents entities that are interested in Qatar, and a former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to talk about Houston’s business relationships to Qatar and Asia.
“There is already a huge connection between Texas and Qatar that goes down the list. There are major energy contracts between U.S. firms and Qatar, there is a branch of Texas A&M campus in Doha, Houston Community College operates the Community College of Qatar, there are nonstop flights to everyday on Qatar Airways, and that’s just Qatar. There are similar ties that the area has long had to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait,” Untermeyer said.
Untermeyer is also an advisor to the Asia Society Texas Center, which has focused on cultural, artistic, social and public issues, but the society has also expanded to have a focus on business ties between Houston and Asia.
“The energy industry, of course, is primarily interested in Asia for resource reasons, but there are other ties as well growing all the time due to the emphasis on financial concerns, on agricultural imports and on a wide variety of matters that flow into the port of Houston or through Houston coming from other ports,” Untermeyer said.
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