Professionals to gain from partnerships… Sheikh Khalifa

The local businesses and professionals stand to gain considerably from the expertise and experience of their international partners involved in the joint ventures executing projects as part of the ongoing Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail, Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani said yesterday.

Addressing a gathering of the local private sector at the Industry Awareness Day event hosted by the Qatar Rail, he hoped the private sector would benefit from their partnerships with the international firms and the competence and capabilities of their professionals would also shoot up significantly over the years.

“The involvement of the private sector would give a remarkable boost to the country’s GDP,” Sheikh Khalifa said while pointing out there are enormous opportunities for them to associate with in the development of railways other than their remarkable role as suppliers of some of the key raw materials and also providers of logistics, transport and equipment.

“Such involvement would go a long way in enhancing their professional expertise, skills, experience capabilities and competence,” he observed.  The Qatar Chamber chairman also urged the private sector to augment their roles in construction and design areas of the ongoing railway constructional activities, making use of the expertise and experience that they have gained from their associations with international firms.

More than 55 firms including many local firms are involved in the development of railway projects. As part of the event two sessions were held yesterday. While the first session featured a presentation to raise awareness on Qatar Rail’s efforts in encouraging the private sector’s participation in its projects, the second session presented the pre-qualification process for the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram operations as well as the management of their related facilities.

All relevant contract-related information were provided, allowing the companies to assess the projects’ needs and identify how they could contribute to realizing these developments. Published by Gulf Times