Qatar Chamber hosts a roundtable on self-employment and its socio-economic environment


The Qatar Chamber (QC) recently hosted a roundtable titled ‘Self-Employment Drivers and Its Socio-Economic Environment in Qatar and the Region’ at the Chamber’s headquarters.

The event was organised by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Organizational Excellence at the Qatar University College of Business & Economics in cooperation with Qatar Chamber.

The reoundtable was attended by QC board member Eng. Ali bin Abdullatif Al-Mesned, Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of the Qatar University College of Business & Economics, and Prof. Said El-bana, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Organizational Excellence.

Also present at the meeting QC Acting General Manager Ali bu Sherbak Al-Mansori, along with a crowd of experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, and representatives from leading business organizations.

Discussions during the meeting focused on the personal characteristics and qualities of entrepreneurs and self-employed people, and how these characteristics can impact the work environment.

In his remarks, Eng. Ali Al-Mesned thanked Qatar University for organising the meeting, emphasizing that it came within the framework of the continuous cooperation with the Chamber.

He also emphasized that the Chamber strongly believes in the pivotal role played by entrepreneurs and seeks to assist them in developing their businesses. This includes enabling them to transform their innovative ideas into successful enterprises by facilitating their participation in local and regional exhibitions and forums, such as the ‘Made in Qatar’ expo.

For her part, Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of the Qatar University College of Business & Economics, praised the cooperation with the Chamber, indicating that there are a host of joint projects and successful initiatives between both parties.

She also said that Qatar University’s top priorities is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship with the aim to enhance the country’s economic diversification, noting that the university is keen to prepare graduates for the labour market and foster their entrepreneurial mindset.

In turn, Prof. Said El-bana, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Organizational Excellence, delivered a presentation titled ‘Self-Employment and the Socio-Economic Environment in Qatar and the Region: Perspectives on Localization Strategies in the GCC Countries’.

El-bana reviewed the main challenges facing the region, the role of education in promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship, and localization practices in the region from several perspectives.

On his part, Ali bu Sherbak Al-Mansori, QC Acting General Manager, highlighted that the roundtable contributes to identifying localization objectives and job opportunities, as well as facilitating the exchange of experiences between Qatar University, entrepreneurs, and the private sector.

During the event, Dr. Charbel Bassil from the Finance & Economics Department at Qatar University, and Dr. Mahour Parast from Arizona State University, reviewed their joint research titled ‘Personality Characteristics of Self-Employed Individuals and the Socio-Economic Impacts’, which is a Templeton funded project.

It also featured presentations and insights from speakers representing various institutions, including the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar University, Qatar Chamber, Injaz Qatar, the International Labour Organization, Torba Store, Torba Market, and the Young Entrepreneurs Club.

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