Qatar Chamber organises 175 activities, hosts 70 trade delegations in 2023

09-01-2024

  • About 46984 certificates of origin and 5 ATA carnet issued
  • QC participate in 26 external events, 15 forums and conferences and 10 MOUs signed
  • About 49 cases in arbitration, mediation and conciliation recorded

The Qatar Chamber said that 2023 was a year rife with activities and achievements for the Chamber, especially following the remarkable success of Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup. In a statement issued by the Chamber, it said that this success came after more than a decade of meticulous preparations at the state level, resulting in numerous benefits and advantages that significantly contributed to the progress of the national economy. These achievements align with the country’s commitment to realizing its national vision for 2030.

The Chamber also said that in the past year, members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors were elected for the seventh session (2023-2028).

In 2023, the Chamber continued its role in representing and protecting the interests of the private sector and communicating with the relevant authorities in the state. It sought to solve all the challenges that might hinder the private sector’s hoped-for role in the country’s development process.

It continued to support and develop the business sectors in the country, and work to encourage investment in Qatar and promote the Qatari economy, the investment climate, and the opportunities available for investment in the country. The Chamber consistently supported and fostered the growth of various business sectors within the country, actively encouraging investment in Qatar and promoting the nation’s economy, the investment climate, and the available opportunities for potential investors.

Similarly, the Chamber’s Sectoral Committees continued to network and engage with business owners and company representatives to listen to proposals and identify challenges faced by companies in each sector, working collaboratively to develop effective solutions.Top of Form

Furthermore, the Chamber strengthened its digital structure and developed its programs to modernize the services it provides to the business community and simplify matters for its members and its affiliated companies and institutions.

The Chamber also noted that it continued to equip its new headquarters on the “Boulevard” in Lusail, indicating that the transfer to the new building is expected to take place soon.

In 2023, the Chamber issued during the past year and until the end of December 92529 transaction (electronic and non-electronic), 46984 certificates of origin, including 40879 electronic certificates and 6105 non-electronic certificates.

It also issued 5 ATA carnet, and 25 TIR Carnets ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers or (International Road Transport)’, pointing out that the total number of QC members until the end of December reached 84840 members, with 5708 new affiliates joining.

Throughout the year, the Chamber organised and participated in over 175 events and hosted 70 meetings for foreign delegations. These included 10 meetings with heads of state, as well as delegations accompanied by heads of government, ministers, government officials, and representatives of international institutions and chambers of commerce from various countries.

During these meetings, they discussed strengthening cooperation relations between Qatari businessmen and their counterparts in various countries of the world.

Additionally, the Chamber participated in over 26 external events, organised and took part in more than 15 forums and conferences, and signed memorandums of understanding with 10 counterpart entities and chambers of commerce.

Over the past year, the Chamber organised seven joint Qatari business meetings and forums, with the aim of bringing together Qatari business owners and their foreign counterparts to discuss prospects for cooperation and partnership in trade and investment. Moreover, the Chamber convened three joint business council meetings between Qatari businessmen and their counterparts from countries around the world, including the Qatari-Saudi Business Council, which was held on the sidelines of the ‘Made in Qatar 2023’ exhibition.

As for training, the Chamber organised several training courses, including the 29th and 30th editions of the customs clearance programme for customs representatives and brokers in cooperation with the General Authority of Customs with the participation of 95 participants. It also held various training courses, such as anti-money laundry trainings, food handlers in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and other courses for the Chamber’s employees.Top of Form

In 2023, the Chamber participated in several exhibitions, foremost of which is the ninth edition of the Made in Qatar exhibition in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which was held under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani with the participation of 450 companies and factories at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. The Chamber also inaugurated two editions of the Arabian Woman Exhibition which saw broad participation from many Qatari businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

During the year, the ICC Qatar held several events and webinars, and announced the launch of the ‘ICC Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission’. Furthermore, HE Sheikha Tamader Al Thani, Director of International Relations and Chamber Affairs at Qatar Chamber, and Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar, was elected as a World Chambers Federation (WCF) General Council Member for the term 2023 – 2025.

In 2023, the Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration made several significant achievements. It recorded 41 arbitration cases and 4 conciliation requests, and successfully facilitating 5 settlement processes. The Centre issued 27 arbitral awards, organized a series of seminars on arbitration, and actively participated in various local and international conferences.

During the year, the Chamber became a member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), which is the largest world organizations that includes all freight forwarders worldwide.

The Chamber also hosted the 39th General Assembly Meeting of the Islamic Chamber and the 63rd meeting of the Federation of GCC chambers.

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