Latest edition of The Business Year: Qatar 2017 launched

 07 Dec 2017 - 10:38

The Peninsula

Economic affairs will continue to remain a matter of prime concern, and the volatile energy prices have made it more important. Qatar is determined to achieve its key objectives, which include economic diversification and sustainable development, in line with the long-term development strategy, noted the words of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in an annual report on Qatar published by a global media house. 

The Business Year (TBY) announced the launch of ‘The Business Year: Qatar 2017’, the fourth edition on the country, produced in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. The publication features over 150 interviews with top executives and government officials, and is opened by the words of the Emir, leading the country on a drive towards economic diversification, underscored by the Second National Development Strategy. “Economic affairs remain a matter of prime concern for us, especially in light of the circumstances created by the sharp decline in hydrocarbons’ prices,” said the Emir. “We are determined to proceed with our development plans to achieve the goals we have drawn up in Qatar’s National Vision 2030.” 

The publication contains comprehensive, sector-by-sector coverage of the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in the coming year for Qatar. In the midst of an ambitious investment and infrastructure programme, gearing up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar aims to bolster an already flourishing real estate and construction sector, as well as boost its service economy, especially tourism. Hassan Abdulrahman Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority, told TBY that “the economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible.” 

In an interview with TBY, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said: “Relations between Turkey and Qatar will continue to grow deeper in the near future in a way that benefits both countries and the region at large.”

Other key government and private sector figures featured in The Business Year: Qatar 2017 include Minister of Economy and Commerce H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, Qatar Central Bank Governor H E Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al Thani, Group CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker; Ian Gray, CEO of Vodafone Qatar; H E Skeikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation; and other key interviewees from all the sectors.