November 12 2017
The ‘Made in Qatar 2017’ exhibition slated next month is aligned with the State’s efforts to achieve balanced economic growth and to encourage the private sector to increase its contribution in industrial development, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada has said.
The minister also said the exhibition, which will be held from December 14 to 17 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, aims to achieve promising industrial development by developing and supporting of the industrial sector.
Al-Sada stressed that this year’s edition of ‘Made in Qatar’ is particularly important because it will be held during the unjust siege on Qatar, and as the State aspires to achieve self-sufficiency in various industries.
The minister said he appreciated the response of local industrialists and their immediate response to the needs of the market by doubling production, and expressed hope that the exhibition will achieve more success.
Al-Sada also praised the directives of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, and urged all ministries and government departments to increase the percentage of local products from 30% to 100% if the local product complies with the approved national standards in accordance with the regulations and policies of tenders and auctions committees in the State.
He stressed that these directives will further promote the national product, and he also urged investors to pour more investments in the industrial sector, especially on small and medium industries, as well as to build a strong industrial production base instead of importing industrial goods.
Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani commended the cooperation of the Ministry of Energy and Industry with the chamber in organizing ‘Made in Qatar 2017’. He noted that the cooperation reflects the real partnership between the public and private sectors.
He also praised the support provided by the Ministry of Energy and Industry to the local industry, as well as the facilities granted to investors in the industrial sector and the creation of an appropriate investment environment to stimulate the private sector to invest in industrial activities through the issuance of legislative tools that encourage participation and contribution to the overall development.
He said that the exhibition is based on the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the diversification of sources of income. The exhibition also aims to promote the industry and Qatari products locally and globally, as well as to encourage the use of Qatari products, reduce dependence on imports, support the State’s efforts for developing the industry, and encourage investors and business owners to invest in industrial projects, especially the small and medium industries.