02-12-2023

The ninth edition of the ‘Made in Qatar Exhibition’ concluded its activities on Saturday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Held under the patronage of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the event was organized by the Qatar Chamber in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, featuring the participation of more than 450 factories and industrial companies.

The exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani. The opening ceremony was attended by H.E. Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, H.E. Chairman of Qatar Chamber Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani, and H.E. Chairman of the Qatar Businessmen Association Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani

The opening ceremony also saw the presence of QC’s First Vice-Chairman, H.E. Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Twar Al Kuwari, Second Vice-Chairman H.E. Rashid bin Hamad Al Athba, along with several board members including General Manager Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi. The event was attended by a diverse crowd of businessmen with a keen interest in the industry, as well as representatives from various companies.

The four-day event attracted a significant turnout of Qataris, Arab and international businessmen, industry enthusiasts, and visitors.

Numerous chairmen and representatives of exhibiting companies expressed their satisfaction with the exhibition, emphasizing that it successfully met its objectives and has evolved into a crucial platform for promoting the development of Qatari industry.

The four-day exhibition aimed at encouraging the utilization of Qatari products, decreasing the dependence on important and strengthening the national industrial sector, as well as inspiring investors to increase their involvement in industrial projects.

Additionally, it aimed to provide visitors with insights into the latest products and services within the industrial sector, fostering communication with industry experts and investors.

At the expo, participants had the chance to engage with industry experts and investors, get acquainted with successful companies operating in the state, and understand their capacity for developing their businesses, enhance competitiveness.

Alongside the exhibition, several accompanying events took place, featuring panel discussions on the future of industry in Qatar and seminars covering diverse topics, including listing in the QSE, Tawteen, and In-Country Value programs.

The expo served as a platform for bilateral meetings between Qatari investors and their foreign counterparts, facilitating deal-making, and fostering alliances and partnerships in the industrial sector.

The exhibition marked the inauguration of new factories, including Gazaz Glass Containers Factory, and the launch of the Wyndham Home digital platform. This platform offers a diverse range of products, encompassing decoration accessories and indoor and outdoor furniture.

At the event, numerous participants extended their thanks to the Qatar Chamber for its steadfast support to the national industry. They emphasized that the exhibition offered them a valuable platform to effectively showcase their latest products and services. Expressing dedication, they affirmed their commitment to participating in future editions of the exhibition. The participants commended the remarkable success achieved by the exhibition this year, meeting all the requirements and needs of the participating companies.

They underscored that ‘Made in Qatar’ has significantly secured a prominent place on the map of Qatar’s industrial exhibitions. It has evolved into a substantial industrial and marketing platform, making substantial contributions to the national economy and the revitalization of the local market.

QC Chairman: MIQ showcase new Qatari industries

HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jasim Al Thani, Qatar Chamber Chairman, conducted a closing tour of the various pavilions of the exhibition. During the tour, he was briefed from the exhibiting companies, listening to their opinions and suggestions about the exhibition.

HE Sheikh Khalifa expressed gratitude to HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for consistently patronizing the exhibition since its inaugural edition in 2009. He emphasized that this ongoing support underscores His Highness’s commitment to the private sector in general and the national industry in particular.

Sheikh Khalifa commended the substantial participation of Qatari companies and factories in the exhibition, totaling 450 Qatari entities that showcased their products and services to the business community and visitors.

HE highlighted that the extensive participation reflects the keen interest of local companies in promoting their products within the local market. This, Sheikh Khalifa emphasized, contributes to fostering self-sufficiency and reducing dependence on imports.

HE expressed contentment with the positive feedback from participating companies, who praised the exhibition for its diversity, space, and the impressive number of exhibitors and visitors. He highlighted the substantial contribution of the exhibition to the promotion of the Qatari industry and products, shedding light on new industries recently introduced to the Qatari market.

The QC Chairman also underscored the significant development the exhibition has undergone since its inception in 2009 up to the present edition. He emphasized the Chamber’s commitment to implementing further improvements in the next edition of the exhibition.

Al Sharqi: MIQ succeeded in promoting Qatari industry

For his part, Saleh bin Hamad Al-Sharqi, Qatar Chamber General and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Exhibition, said that this edition of the exhibition stands out as one of the best in terms of the number of exhibitors, high turnout, and overall space.

Al-Sharqi expressed gratitude to the participating companies, sponsors, and all contributors for their instrumental role in ensuring the exhibition’s success

He emphasized that the collective efforts of all stakeholders played a pivotal role in achieving the expo’s objectives, which are focused on supporting the industrial sector, promoting investment in the Qatari industry, and bolstering the national product.

He highlighted the diverse spectrum of industries showcased in the exhibition, spanning from petrochemicals and furniture to food, SME industries, services, and various other sectors.

The exhibition provided visitors with the opportunity to explore the latest products and services in the industrial sector, engage with industry experts and investors, and learn about the success stories of the local industrial companies.

It showcased their ability to develop business, enhance competitiveness, and emphasized the industrial sector’s capacity for innovation, product development, and competition among local companies.

Al-Sharqi extended his gratitude to the Technical Committee for their diligent efforts in ensuring the seamless organization of the exhibition. Al-Sharqi also expressed thanks to the dedicated working team of the exhibition, acknowledging their significant contributions to the overall success of the event.

Additionally, he extended appreciation to the exhibitors, emphasizing the Chamber’s openness to receiving proposals from participating companies.

Al-Sharqi highlighted that these suggestions could play a crucial role in enhancing and developing future editions of the exhibition.

QC First Vice-Chairman receives Angolan trade delegation

On the conclusion day, HE Mohamed bin Twar Al Kuwari, First Vice-Chairman of QC Chairman, held in a meeting at the exhibition’s venue with a trade delegation from Angola.

The delegation was led by HE Vicente Francisco Soares, President of the Angola Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with his accompanying delegation.

Also present at the meeting were Second Vice-Chairman HE Rashid bin Hamad Al Athba and several board members.

The meeting touched on means to strengthen trade and economic cooperation among the private sector in both countries, encourage Qatari investors to invest in Angola that provides plenty of opportunities in various sectors.

Addressing the meeting, bin Twar stressed the interest of Qatari businessmen to explore opportunities available for investment in Africa in general and in Angola in particular, noting that Angola is one of the growing economies in Africa and offer a lot of opportunities that attract Qatari investors.

In turn, HE Vicente Francisco Soares said that his country is rife with opportunities in various sectors including infrastructure, fisheries, agriculture, mining, logistics, hospitality and manufacturing.

During the meeting, members of the Angolan delegation reviewed features of Angolan economy and investment climate and opportunities.

Meanwhile, a Chinese delegation specializing in IT visited the exhibition and was briefed on the Qatari industries and exhibiting companies.

QDB reviews model factory and GS1 standards

During a seminar on the concluding day, the QDB delivered insightful presentations on the model factory and GSI standards. The seminar was attended by the presence of QC First Vice-Chairman, HE Mohamed bin Twar Al-Kuwari, and HE Vicente Francisco Soares, President of the Angola Chamber.

In his presentation, Wissem Jallouli highlighted the significance of the model factory as a center for industrial capacity development in Qatar and the wider region. The center’s initiatives included visits to 100 companies in the SME industries sector, providing training services to 30 companies. The outcomes were notably positive, with a 30% increase in production, a 20% boost in output, and a 10% space-saving achieved within a span of six months. The anticipated dividend return for the trained companies is estimated at about QR 80 million.

For his part, Ibrahim Assaf reviewed the GS1 Qatar and its services related to business solutions and the global coding and tracking system in light of the Qatar’s accession and acquisition of Code 630.

Assaf emphasized the diverse services offered by the center to Qatari companies and factories, including the issuance of barcodes, barcode verification, training, workshops, and consulting. He mentioned that the World Standards Organization encompasses more than 2 million companies across 150 countries.

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