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Qatar launched a five-year development plan Wednesday that focuses on making the tiny country more self-reliant in the face of a boycott by other Arab states.The 333-page plan, released by Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani, aims for Qatar to satisfy 30 percent of its demand for farm animals and 65 percent of its demand for fish domestically by 2022, partly through fish farms.The boycott disrupted Qatar's imports, many of which used to come across its border with Saudi Arabia, and triggered the withdrawal of billions of dollars from Qatari banks by depositors from the four Arab states.Qatar's economy and financial markets were hurt as imports plunged about 40 percent from a year earlier in the first weeks of the boycott.
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