Qatar Chamber participated in the Moushtarayat 2018 Conference and Exhibition which kicked-off on Monday April 23rd.
Qatar Development Bank (QDB) kicked-off the third edition of ‘Moushtarayat’ – the Government Procurement and Contracting Conference & Exhibition, in collaboration with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) – the strategic partner, and Qatar National Bank (QNB) – the golden sponsor.
The three-day event is dedicated to providing a platform for interaction between local SMEs and the governmental bodies, in addition to strengthening cooperation between the private and public sector companies in Qatar.
The event under the patronage of H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Interior Minister, was inauguarted by H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry in the presence of H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, Qatar Central Bank Governor.
The conference saw the National Procurement Awards, where names of the five winning Qatari organisations were announced in recognition of their commitment to facilitating the entry of new participants into the Qatari marketplace. The winning companies included: The Ministry of Municipalities and Environment, Occidental Petroleum Qatar, Ministry of Public Health, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Ministry of Education and Higher Education. This year’s conference will include several interactive sessions that aim to educate attendees on the procedures involved in partaking in future tender and application processes successfully.
The event will provide SMEs with more than 2,000 business opportunities with an estimated cumulative value worth up to QR6.5bn as well as the platform to learn about existing public tenders extended by 40 big buyers, such as larger private sector companies, semi-governmental and governmental bodies.
Director General of Qatar Chamber Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi stressed the importance of expo, especially as it is an important platform for SMEs to communicate with government agencies and to identify tenders and contracts, thus opening the horizons of cooperation with government agencies and winning their tenders.
Al Sharqi said in remarks on the sideline of the Moushtarayat conference and exhibition that the chamber is keen to participate with a pavilion in the exhibition in order to contribute to strengthening communication between SMEs, ministries, and institutions participating in it, as part of its role as a representative of the private sector and supporting SMEs and Qatari entrepreneurs. He noted that the chamber also seeks to increase the opportunities for SMEs participation in government contracts.
Al Sharqi pointed out that Moushtarayat 2018 conference and exhibition reflects the interest of the government and its keenness to engage SMEs in its procurements and projects. He noted that this exhibition provides the opportunity for direct encounter between these companies and different ministries and government agencies, paving the way for the participation of SMEs in tenders and government contracts, and also reflects the true meaning of public-private partnership.
The chamber also took part in the discussions of the conference. Board member of Qatar Chamber’s International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration HE Dr Thani Bin Ali Al-Thani addressed the first session which reviewed the most important challenges facing the private sector after the blockade imposed on the State of Qatar.
It included representatives from Ministry of Finance, Astad, and Qatar Business Incubation Center.
HE Dr Thani stressed that the crisis of the unjust blockade of Qatar has strengthened the country’s position internationally. He discussed in the session on the Challenges and Opportunities of the blockade on the State of Qatar that the role played by Qatar Chamber in the face of the blockade. The Chamber has since the first day prepared a letter to reassure Qatar Chamber members of the stability of the markets. Inquiries and answers, were The committee also prepared an internal questionnaire composed of members of the chamber’s board of directors and heads of departments in the chamber to receive complaints from affiliated companies and classify them according to activity and limit the damage caused by the blockade.
His Excellency pointed out that the Chamber, in cooperation with several official and governmental bodies, has created alternatives to food products and raw materials so that major projects do not fall behind their schedule. The chamber also ran trade fairs that support the national product, whether agricultural or general products made in Qatar. He added that The chamber also encouraged businessmen to invest in different industries and worked to address the problems hindering industrial development and discussed how best to address them. It also contributed to amend the economic legislation related to facilitating investment in the State of Qatar, especially the partnership between the public sector and the private sector and encouraging industrial and agricultural activity.