Over 300 firms to participate in ‘Made in Qatar’
23 Oct 2017 - 1:17
By Mohammad Shoeb / The Peninsula
Over 300 local companies are expected to display their products at the upcoming ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition being organised under the patronage of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to be held from December 14 to 17 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).
This was announced at a press conference yesterday by Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber (QC), the organiser of the expo. The press meeting was also attended by the Director-General of QC, Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi.
“Qatar Chamber’s interest in holding regularly this national exhibition is basically based on pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030 which aims at diversifying income and reducing reliance on energy as a single source of income,” said Sheikh Khalifa.
The four-day expo, to be held across an area of over 20,000 square metres (sqm) aims to promote Qatari industry and products locally and globally and reduce importing, along with support the state’s efforts for developing industry and encouraging business owners and investor to invest in industrial enterprises. The exhibitors will represent a wide range of sectors, including all industrial sectors, heavy industries and SMEs.
Sheikh Khalifa noted that the exhibition provides a great opportunity for local companies to exchange expertise with international counterparts. It also reviews the investment opportunities galore in industrial sector and obstacles facing its development.
“It (the expo) aims at opening external markets for Qatari products, giving the private sector a greater role in the mega projects being implemented in the country and boosting SMEs (small and medium enterprises),” said the chairman of Qatar’s largest and oldest private industry representative body.
He also added that this year’s edition of the “Made in Qatar” expo is of particular importance as it is being held amid the unjust siege imposed by three of Gulf countries against Qatar.
“These unfair actions urged all competent bodies and the private sector to join hand in order to beat this siege by enhancing expansion of industry and establishing new industrial projects that boost local products and achieve the self-sufficiency.”
On the sidelines of the expo, the Chamber will organise meetings between the Qatar’s government officials and business owners. They will also discuss challenges and obstacles facing industrial sector.
Foreign traders and investors are also expected to participate in the exhibition in order to inform them with the Qatari legislatives and laws and boost communication between Qatari companies and their counterparts from all over the world. This will open new global markets for local products.