USQBC boosts role as commercial gateway between US and Qatar

The USQBC’s visit to Qatar involved high-level meetings with public and private sector officials

The board of directors of the US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC) has concluded a series of high-level meetings with the Qatari government and private sector in Doha to bolster collaboration and further advance the role of the Council as the gateway for bilateral business between the US and Qatar.  While in Doha, the USQBC board of directors held its annual meeting, and met with HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani; HE the Minister of Finance Ali Sherif al-Emadi, the CEOs of Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Airways, Qatar Stock Exchange, and Qatar Financial Centre, as well as key executives at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and the chairman and members of the Qatar Chamber.

The council discussed enhancing its role as the commercial gateway between the US and Qatar. Discussion also emphasised the strength of the Qatari economy and the reforms that have taken place over the last year, growing the private sector and attracting foreign investors, the top national priority reiterated to the board in all meetings. “These meetings are critical in enhancing the council’s role in the bilateral economic relationship. We work closely with both American and Qatari companies to increase bilateral trade and investment and are at the ready for companies seeking opportunities in either country,” said USQBC managing director Mohamed Barakat.

The visit also highlighted upcoming US-Qatar trade events to include the ‘Select USA Summit 2018’, which will bring a delegation to Washington, DC this month led by Qatar’s Economy Minister. Talks also focused on the second phase of the Qatar-US Economic Forum, a roadshow of trade events held in various states across America. The forum will take place in Fall 2018, and is geared toward exposing more American businesses to opportunities in Qatar. “This is an important year and the USQBC is excited about building momentum, and bringing together new business interests from both countries,” Barakat said.


Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times