News Bulletin – September 3, 2019

Trade Exchange between Qatar and Italy Grows by 15 Percent to Reach QR 10 Billion

HE Qatar Chamber’s Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani said that trade relations between Qatar and Italy have been cemented in recent years through mutual visits and agreements signed between the two countries in all fields.

Speaking at a meeting with Vice President and Treasurer of the Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce Pietro Paolo Rampino today, His Excellency noted that their trade volume reached QR10.4bn last year recording a 15% growth compared to 2017.

The meeting touched on economic and trade relations between Qatar and Italy and ways of enhancing cooperation between Qatar Chamber and the Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce.

It also reviewed preparations of organizing the Arab-Italian Business Forum which will be held October 17 in Milan, Italy.

Organized in partnership with Qatar Chamber, the forum will highlight Qatar’s economy and business climate as it will see a participation from many officials from government and private bodies and institutions.

The forum is organized by the Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce under the auspice of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Ministry of Economic Development of Italy.

The third edition of the forum aims to include Arab and Italian start-ups as well as introduce new ideas of investment projects in various sector.

Qatar Chamber’s Chairman also noted that Italy is a distinguished destination for Qatari investments which are distributed in many sectors, pointing out that there are a number of Italian companies operating in Qatar in trading, construction and technology in addition to projects related to 2022 World Cup.

In turn, Vice President and Treasurer of the Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce Pietro Paolo Rampino praised the development of Qatar’s economy, saying: “Qatar is an important country to Italy. There are great cooperation between them at economic and trading levels.”

Rampino also said that partnership with Qatar Chamber in organizing the forum would provide good opportunity for exploring cooperation between both countries in many economic fields especially in digital economy tourism and infrastructure.

Upon Directives of HH the Amir, Qatar’s Airlift to Support Flood Victims in Sudan Continues

Upon the directives of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the second flight of the State of Qatar’s airlift has taken off on Monday morning to support brothers in the Republic of Sudan, which has been affected by floods since early August.

The plane, which belongs to the Amiri Air Force, is carrying 60 tonnes of various relief items, bringing the total aid to 120 tonnes, as part of an emergency grant allocated by the Qatar Fund for Development worth $5 million.

The trip is accompanied by the Qatari Search and Rescue team of Lekhwiya.

The Standing Committee for Rescue and Relief Works and Humanitarian Aids for Afflicted Areas in Brotherly and Friendly Countries headed by Lekhwiya was responsible for preparing the relief materials and coordinating with the concerned authorities to deliver them to the responsible authorities in the Republic of Sudan. (Source: QNA)

Shura Council to Participate in World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development

The Shura Council will participate in the third World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development, set to be held in Bali, Indonesia, on September 4-5, under the theme “Combating Inequality through Social and Financial Inclusion”.

The Shura Council is represented by HE Khalifa Bin Ali Al Hitmi, Member of the Council.

The meeting will discuss the goals of sustainable development, climate change, ending violence and sustainable peace, inclusive inclusion and promoting inclusive and equitable development.

HH the Amir Issues Amiri Decision Appointing Assistant to Chief of Amiri Diwan

HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued on Monday the Amiri Decision No. 31 of 2019, appointing HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan bin Ali Al-Thani as Assistant to Chief of the Amiri Diwan.

The decision is effective starting from the date of issue and is to be published in the Official Gazette.

Economic Committee Meets to Prepare for Arab Economic and Social Council’s Regular Session

The Economic Committee held today a meeting to prepare for the ministerial session of the 104th regular session of the Arab Economic and Social Council, under the chairmanship of Palestine which will succeed the Sultanate of Oman. The regular session is scheduled to be held next Thursday at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League.

The State of Qatar participates in the meeting with a delegation headed by HE Deputy Permanent Representative of Qatar to the Arab League Ambassador Hassan bin Ahmed Al Mutawa.

The Committee will discuss the economic file of the upcoming Council of the Arab League at the level of the Arab Summit in its 31st session, which will be held next March. In addition, it will follow up on the implementation of the decisions of the 103rd session of the Economic and Social Council and the activity of the General Secretariat between the 103rd and 104th sessions of the Council in the social and economic aspects.

The meeting will also discuss a report on the follow-up to the implementation of the resolutions of the Arab Development, Economic and Social Summit at its fourth session held in Beirut last January.

The Economic Committee will discuss the follow-up to the implementation of the decisions of the fourth Arab-African Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and preparation for the fifth summit.

The Committee will discuss the main topics of the session: the Greater Arab Free Trade Area and the developments of the Arab Customs Union, in addition to discussing investment issue in the Arab countries.

Doha to Host International Conference on Causes of Extremism Next Week

Doha will host the international conference on studying the causes of extremism on Saturday and Sunday, organized by the Social & Economic Survey Research Institute at Qatar University (SESRI).

It will gather international experts, scientists and decision-makers from a number of countries around the world.

The conference’s agenda includes five sessions, which are going to be on the role of evidence-based policy in combating extremism, assessing risk factors for this phenomenon, ways to control and combat it, processes of extremism and flexibility, with new approaches to measuring extremism and intolerance.

The organizers said that the conference is the first of its kind in the Middle East and is part of Qatar’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the fight against terrorism in bilateral and multilateral forums.

MoTC Opens Nominations for Qatar Digital Business Awards

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) Monday announced the opening of nominations for the 2019 Qatar Digital Business Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Qatar Digital Business Awards, formerly known as Qatar IT Business Awards, is one of the most prestigious awards for the digital industry in Qatar, and comes as part of MoTC’s readiness to honor and recognize corporate entities, SMEs and startups that have contributed to the development of the digital industry in Qatar during the past year.

The awards are open to all companies operating in the digital industry in the country and submission of nominations can be made at www.qitba.qa until 10 October 2019.

This year’s awards are in 10 categories: ICT Service Provider of the Year, Systems Integrator of the Year, Mobile App of the Year, Cloud Solution of the Year, Digital Startup of the Year, Smart Solution of the Year, SME Digital Transformation of the Year, E-Commerce Solution of the Year, Innovative Fintech Solution of the Year and ICT Exporter of the Year.

Commenting on the launch of the awards, HE MoTC’s Assistant Undersecretary for Digital Society Development Sector Reem Al Mansoori said, “The awards is a major platform to recognize those who are at the forefront of efforts to develop a vibrant digital industry in Qatar. The Ministry of Transport and Communications recognize the potential of this field and we are committed to providing the necessary support to local institutions and companies to enhance their competitiveness internationally.”

“It also comes as part of our plans to support the growth and expansion of the digital industry in Qatar by upgrading the standards and quality of services and capabilities of companies in the local ICT market and to enhance excellence in the digital industry by celebrating local success stories thereby spurring them to even greater development in the future in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 of building knowledge-based economy.”

An eminent panel of judges comprising of leading experts in the industry will judge the nominations and decide on the winners during QITCOM 2019 Gala Dinner on 1st November.

Taking place under the theme ‘Safe and Smart Cities’, QITCOM 2019 is a key platform for the development, support and empowerment of entrepreneurs and SMEs operating in the digital industry in addition to accelerating the growth of the ICT market in Qatar and attracting startups.

The event, which has become one of the most important regional technological meet, is expected to attract the participation of 300 international and local companies, 100 local and international startups and more than 300 innovators and entrepreneurs.