International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar calls on private sector members to join its Customs and Trade Facilitation (CTF) Commission and announces a new leadership appointment


International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar is pleased to announce that it has now formed its steering committee for its Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation.  The Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation is a specialized working body composed of business experts who examine major issues of interest to the business world.

Non-members are now able to participate in the advocacy part of the commission for a limited time as Commission members. This means that non-members are eligible to attend Commission meetings and participate. With this, the kick-off, and first, Commission meeting is scheduled to take place on the 3rd of March 2024.

To encourage non-members to enjoy all membership benefits, ICC Qatar has introduced new and reduced fees. Current members can also renew with the new fees. Those interested in joining or nominating a candidate can reach out to ICC Qatar at or 00974 44 555 896 or 00974 44 55 9124.

Additionally, ICC Qatar is delighted to announce the appointment of His Excellency Eng. Ali Al Mesned as the Vice-Chairman of the Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission. H.E. Eng. Al Mesned brings over 38 years of leadership experience in logistics management, business development, and consultancy.

These appointments mark a crucial milestone in the establishment of the Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation, emphasizing our commitment to fostering collaboration and driving positive change within the industry. In light of these appointments, the Commission is now actively seeking members to contribute their expertise and insights. We invite members of the private sector, including but not limited to legal consultants, customs brokers, chambers of commerce, logistics providers, associations, transport service suppliers, insurance providers, banks/ finance institutions, and freight forwarders, importers and exporters, and academia to join us in shaping the future of this dynamic commission.

H.E Eng. Al Mesned said, “We are establishing this Commission at a timely moment to further enhance trade facilitation practices. This milestone aims to uplift the nation to a higher level on the international stage as well as develop more efficient and productive trade facilitation practices to benefit and serve Qatar’s private sector members.

H.E. added, “There are already many ongoing advancements, and one notable attribute of Qatar is our proactive readiness to embrace changes and adapt to new industry standards, regulations, technologies, and infrastructures”.

H.E Eng. Al Mesned underscored “this commission is relevant to every corner of business, every department, and every person in business. Within the commission, we will capture the voice of businesses in Qatar and together pave the way to make business more conducive by developing national policy products through lobbying efforts with relevant regulatory bodies and local authorities such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the General Authority of Customs. Additionally, we will engage in developing international policy products hand in hand with organizations such as the World Customs Organization (WCO), World Trade Organization (WTO), ICC, etc. Essentially, our broader mission is to make trade simpler.”


About ICC Qatar:

ICC Qatar is the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce in the State of Qatar, part of a global network with over 6 million members in 100+ countries. It facilitates international and responsible business operations through rule setting, policy advocacy, and dispute resolution. The main goal is to represent and support the interests of the Qatari business community in alignment with national and global economic frameworks. ICC Qatar collaborates with local and foreign business chambers, associations, and the government to create a sustainable business-friendly environment. It provides advocacy, networking opportunities, and practical tools for local members and represents Qatar’s business community in various international forums.

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