Qatar Chamber has clocked a number of achievements and carried out a large number of activities and events during 2017. It also launched important initiatives and participated in others to develop the services it provides to its members as part of its pivotal role in enhancing competitiveness in Qatar, and enabling the private sector to play a greater role in the overall development of the country.
In 2017, Qatar Chamber organized a large number of activities, services and programs aimed at achieving a significant presence in many events and conferences held in the country and abroad, and contributed to the creation of constructive interaction with the Qatari business community and businessmen, in addition to its efforts during the unjust siege imposed on Qatar since 5 June 2017, during which it succeeded in highlighting the role of the private sector as an active partner in the economic development of the country.
During the past year, the Chamber organized about 200 different events, received 52 international trade delegations, conducted 14 overseas visits for the Qatari businessmen to a number of countries, as well as organized and participated in 14 trade fairs.
The Chamber has strengthened its cooperation and coordination relations with all ministries, and concerned authorities in the State, while focusing its efforts to provide the best services in all sectors to promote comprehensive development in committees, programs and plans, and it organized a number of forums and events which had played a big role in fulfilling the ambitions and hopes of its businessmen.
It hosted many seminars and meetings with businessmen and representatives of the private sector to address challenges and obstacles they face in order to find appropriate solutions.
It represented the country in GCC, Arab and international events as well as it held a number of economic and business forums and conferences.
To cement its cooperation relations, QC signed 13 MOUs with local and foreign entities and chambers, including an MOU with Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia chambers.
The chamber also held, participated and sponsored number of trade and industrial exhibitions such as Souq Hal Qatar, Made in China, Expo Turkey and Medfood.
In 2017, the fifth edition of Made in Qatar expo was organized achieving a great success and huge turnout.
Globally, it has strengthened its presence and appearance in the international level as HE Qatar Chamber chairman, ICC Qatar chairman and ICC executive board member Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani received the International Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural ‘Merchant of Peace’ award in recognition for his “hard work” with the ICC, particularly with regard to the World Trade Agenda Initiative, a joint initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Qatar Chamber to facilitate trade around the world.
During the past year, the Chamber hosted and organized meetings with heads of state, ministers, officials and representatives of chambers of commerce in foreign countries. The Chamber hosted meetings with 8 presidents, 3 prime ministers, 10 ministers, 7 officials and representatives of chambers of commerce.
Since the first day of the siege, the chamber played a key role in combating its affects. It held meetings with concerned authorities and businessmen to ensure the flow of commodities goods which were covered by alternative countries without any impact on consumers.
Qatar Chamber has moved in all directions to confront the crisis and maintain the flow of goods and products.
It has expanded its network to find new import destinations and visited sisterly and friendly countries, including Oman, Pakistan, and Turkey, to secure partnerships between Qatari businessmen and their counterparts.
The chamber also received a number of Arab and foreign business delegations to enhance trade exchange. It also called for the need to direct private sector investments to establish projects needed by the market, especially in the field of food security.