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29 January 2018 03:29 pm

Qatar to host first Self-Sufficiency Exhibition in April

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The much-anticipated Qatar Self-Sufficiency Exhibition 2018, a pioneering event of its kind is drawing great interest among investors and companies, both local and international. Scheduled to be held between April 1-3, 2018 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), preparations for the trailblazing event have been moving at a fast pace. Several enthusiastic exhibitors, partners, and sponsors have validated their commitments. 

The upcoming exhibition is a clear demonstration that the country is being steered towards growth and success, under the able and visionary governance of its leaders, even as the blockade imposed on Qatar continues well into its 8th month. The nation has continued to move ahead, displaying resilience and a clear determination to grow and become self-sufficient.

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The Ministry of Economy and Commerce will be the Main Partner of the prestigious event, while Qatar Development Bank (QDB) will be the Official Partner, Qatar Airways will serve as the Official Carrier, and the Qatari Businessmen Association as Development Partner. More than 120 leading local, regional, and international production line manufacturers from nearly 20 countries are expected to take part.

Emphasizing the significance of the event, Abdulrahman Saleh Al Obaidly, Chairman of Hisky for Tourism and Exhibitions, Organizers of the Qatar Self-Sufficiency Exhibition 2018, said: “Hisky for Tourism and Exhibitions is privileged to be able to partner with Qatar’s goal and commitment towards becoming self-reliant, through the Qatar Self-Sufficiency Exhibition 2018. This maiden venture is well in line with Qatar’s long-standing position of leading from the front. It follows the bold vision and wise leadership of His Highness Sheih Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, to ensure the strength and stability of the economy.”

The objective behind events like the Qatar Self-Sufficiency Exhibition 2018 is to effectively restrict the consequences of the blockade, while simultaneously diversifying the economy and promoting self-reliance. It lays the ground for local, regional, and international companies to invest in manufacturing products here in Qatar.”

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Keeping with the vision of economic diversification, a broad spectrum of sectors have identified for participation. They comprise the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, industrial production and relevant components of the environmental sector such as recycling and sustainability plants, among others. Companies engaged in dairy production, recycling, and industrial production have already confirmed participation.

In his turn, the Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Protection at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Sheikh Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani said: “The Qatar Self-Sufficiency Exhibition, in its first edition, represents a great initiative to strengthen the cooperation between local, regional, and international production line firms. The support of the Ministry to this exhibition comes in line with the Ministry’s vision to strengthen the partnership between Government and Private sectors and encourage businessmen and investors to play an active role in establishing new projects to meet the State’s self-sufficiency in all sectors and hence participate in its economic growth.

The government has issued new legislations and incentives that protect and encourage local producers by establishing a committee on the ‘protection of national products and combating practices that harm them in international trade.’ Additionally, the Ministry is always keen in creating promising investment opportunities by updating and facilitating the conditions and procedures of establishing new companies for all sectors, in addition to other steps that support the local product, the private sector and investors,” he added.

Khalid Abdulla Al Mana, Executive Director of Business Finance at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), affirmed the benefits of the exhibition and said: “The Qatar Self-Sufficiency Exhibition, the first-of-its-kind initiative, provides the best environment to encourage investment in several sectors in the State of Qatar, namely the manufacturing sector. This exhibition opens new opportunities for major industries to showcase their latest solutions and services that answer the state’s diversification strategy. 

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At Qatar Development Bank we continue to support local SME’s and strengthen their capacity to contribute to the state’s economic sustainability. In addition, we remain committed to activating the manufacturing sector and elevating SME’s to become the main provider for the State of Qatar.”

Keeping with the high demand, 10,000 sqm2 of space has been allocated to the exhibition area. Participation is expected from several countries including: Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, the UK, Turkey, Spain, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Iran, China, Japan, India, Malaysia, and Sweden – with about eight countries having already reserved booth space.

The expo is being sponsored by a notable line-up of sponsors. The City Center Rotana Doha Hotel will be the Official Hotel Partner, while QBusiness Magazine, Al Raya, and Gulf Times will be the Media Partners.

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