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  APRIL 2008

National Competitiveness Council

Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) is currently undertaking the final steps taken to accomplish its new initiative towards establishing the Qatar National Competitiveness Council (QNCC), which aims to cultivate and promote the competitiveness spirit among the national economy together with advancing Qatar’s competitive edge worldwide.

QBA members have discussed the advantages of QNCC with HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister, who emphasized his support to establish this active body to better serve the objectives of the national economic development. QBA also initiated a cooperation plan with all public and private heads, and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce advised to establish QNCC as a private organization to conform with Law number 12 – year 2004. QBA is in the process of finalizing the legal procedures required for the announcement of QNCC.

 

Qatari Businessmen Association has nominated a number of business leaders, government officials, and academia dignities to join the founding board of Qatar National Competitiveness Council, and got the esteemed appreciation and support from all nominees. Hence, the founders base of QNCC will comprise of :Shk. Hamad Bin Jaber Bin jassim Al thani Director General for General Secretary for Development Plannin, Supreme Planning Council - Shk. Khalid Bin Thani Al Thani Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Tadawul Holding Group – Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser al Thani Vice Chairman & Managing Director Amwal – Shk. Abdulaziz Bin Jassim Al Thani Managing director of QP – Sheikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Thani , Special Rapporteur on Disability at the UN Social Development Committee -Dr. Hessa Al Jabber Secretary General, GEOC – DR. Sheikha Bint Abdullah Al Misnad Chairperson, Qatar University – Dr Hamad Abdulaziz Al Kuwari Chairman, Bin Omran  - Mr. Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Misnad Chairman- Qatari Investors Co – Dr Amal Al Malki Assistant Professor in English Language Department, Carnegie Mellon –Dr. Seif Al Hajri Vice chairman QF - Mr. Issa Abdull Salam Abu Issa Chirman and CEO, Salam international - Mr . Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Tuwar Al Kuwari Honorary Treasurer, QCCI – Mr .Khalid Al Mannai Chairman ,al Mannai Corporation- Mr. khalid Al Darabasti Director of investment promotion department, Ministry of Business and Trade – Mr . Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari Executive General Manager ,Chief Business Officer QNB- Mr. Ahmed Ahen Director of the Department of Economic & Trade Organization, Ministry of Business and Trade- Mr. Ibrahim Al Jaidah Director Arab  Engineering bureau –Mr. Ashraf Abu Issa CEO, Blue saloon – Mr. Jassim Al Mansoori Chairman , Ihorizons.

 

 

The concept of competitiveness has been gaining more importance lately around the globe due to its impact on economic growth opportunities, investments climate, and socio-economic prosperity. The World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes an annual Global Competitiveness Report that measures and highlights the competitiveness levels of most of the countries around the globe. WEF also withstands the promotion of creating national competitiveness councils in all countries, which provide accurate and effective information and benchmarks that helps governments to develop policies aiming to strengthen their economic advancements.

 

It is worth mentioning that QBA is the Qatari partner of the WEF, and is responsible for circulating the annual Executive Opinion Survey among the local business community in order to obtain reliable inputs about Qatar for the Global Competitiveness Report. QBA also has participated in the round-tables held on 2005 and 2007 to announce the Arab Competitiveness Report, in which Qatar has been placed on the top of the list of covered Arab countries. In addition, QBA was involved in all the workshops organized by WEF regarding the national competitiveness councils in the Arab World, where Egypt and Bahrain has established their national councils, while Kuwait, UAE, Jordan and Syria are in the preparation process to institute their own.

 

Not surprisingly–following the initiatives of QBA and the contributions of the business community, the State of Qatar has been ranked number 31 on the Global Competitiveness Index in 2007/2008, showing a significant progress in recent years, in which Qatar has been ranked number 38 and 46 in 2006/2007 and 2005/2006 respectively. This represents a fundamental necessity to launch the Qatar National Competitiveness Council in order to sustain the country’s leadership and enhance its economic competitiveness locally and internationally.

 

General Definition of Competitiveness

 

At Country Level

 

  • Competitiveness is the country’s ability to provide a high quality of life to its people.

  • The positive business environment created in a competitive economy encourages the positive development of the value chain based on innovation.

  • The creation of a positive business environment is the result of cooperation between businesses, civil society and governments towards the increase of the country’s wealth.

 

   At Company level

 

  • Competitiveness depends on customer values, shareholder values and financial strength of the company. 

  • The ability of the company to act and react to the changing competitive environment.

  • This ability is affected by the potential of people, technological competence and the implementation of necessary strategic change. 

  • Competitiveness can only be sustained if an appropriate balance is maintained.

 

 

Mission of Qatar National Competitiveness Council

                                    

The mission of National Competitiveness Council is to stimulate efforts to improve Qatar’s competitiveness and to motivate the public organizations and the business sector to give priority to such efforts in all domains.

 

 

Objectives of Qatar National Competitiveness Council

 

  • Measure Qatar’s competitiveness ranking regionally and internationally, thought reviewing and compiling data from relevant reports released by international and national organizations like local research organizations, World Economic Forum, World Bank, IMF, UNDP and others 

  • Release periodical reports on Qatar’s competitiveness ranking with regards to the various elements of comprehensive and sustainable development of the country. 

  • Communicate and cooperate with partners in the society to create awareness of Qatar’s competitiveness (government, private sector and civil society.) 

  • Promote a practice where the periodical reports are used as reference by different entities when measuring Qatar’s performance in different aspects of sustainable development. 

  • Initiate and promote sector and industry competitiveness studies. 

  • Help identify emerging issues of national importance, based on the data gathered and recommend priorities for reform and sustainable development in Qatar.

 

QBA Holds Qatar Investors Window Conference

Qatari Businessmen Association and UCI, London Company are organizing Qatar Investors Window Conference, under the patronage of H.E Yousuf Hussein Kamal, Minister of Finance and Minister of Economy and Commerce, at the Sheraton Hotel Doha, Qatar on May 26, 27- 2008.

 

The conference aims to attract business Leaders and professionals from Europe and Russia to Qatar in order to discuss & explore investment opportunities with their Qatari counterparts and establish Joint ventures in many sectors. Also the conference serves to open communication channels between National and Global Business Communities in order to transfer and consolidate knowledge, increase integration opportunities and investment flows for the benefit of all parties.

 

More than two hundred business owners from England, France, Germany, Russia and other countries will participate in the conference to exchange experiences and discuss cooperation perspectives with Qatari business community in the fields of energy, industry, construction, urban development and services.

 

The conference also draws a number of speakers representing key business and financial institutions such as:  Mr. Tarek A. Al Malki, Chairman, Al    Khalij Commercial Bank, Mr. Salah Mohammed Al-Jaidah, CEO, Qatar Islamic Bank, Dr. Laurent du Cadet, CEO, Amwal and Mr. Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad, Chairman, Barwa Real Estate & CEO, Qatari Diar, together with other speakers from different countries.

 

It is worth mentioning that the conference provides a great opportunity for the major Qatari Companies & Foundations to participate and demonstrate their activities and the growth opportunities. Also, there will be an exhibition accompanying the conference, in which companies can connect with participants to better harness business deals. 

Houston Delegation's Visit

The qatari Businessmen Association hosted on 23 april 2008 a luncheon in honor of Mr.bill White the Mayor ohf Houston and his accompanying delegation  in the Sheraton hotel  doha Qatar.

 

The  delegation included in addition to Mr.white  the US Arab Bilateral Chamber of Commerce Chairman ,city official,and prominent businessmen and cCEO from  energy ,engineering,and telecom companies.

 

The Qatari side was headed by the Qatari Businessmen ASSOCIATION Chairman Sheikh Faisal  Bin Qassim Al Thani ,Mr.Hussain Al Fardan  QBA Board Member ,Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Al Thani  QBA Board Member,and QBA  Members:Mr.Maqboul habib Khalfan,Mr.Mohammed Khalid Al Mana,Mr.Ibrahim Al Jaidah ,Mr.Nasser Sulieman Al Haidar ,the luncheon was also attended by  Sheikh  Abdul Aziz Bin Jassim Al Thani Adminstrative Director  of QP, Sheikh Hamad Bin jabor Bin jassim Al Thani  general manager of the General Secreterait of the Planning Council and Mr.Bassam Massouh the General Manager of QBA.

The luncheon was followed by a press conference during which QBA’s chairman welcomed the US  delegation saying that this visit is a good step in activating the economic cooperation between the business communities on both sides.

Mr.white thanked the Qatari business delegation for  organizing the gathering and giving the delegation an opportunity to get an insight of the Qatari economy and ways of mutual chances of business cooperation  through meeting  major  figures of the Qatari business community.

 

At the end of the event gift exchanges took place between the Qatari and the Houston side

The visit of the Deputy Economy Minister of the Republic of Hungary

H.E Sheikh. Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatari Businessmen Association  welcomed a high-level delegation from the Republic of Hungary chaired by His Excellency Dr. Jaramgiye, Deputy Minister of Economy and Communications of the Republic of Hungary, on Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

The meeting was attended by H.E the Ambassador of Hungary and the commercial attaché, Embassy of Hungary, Mr. Bassam R.Massouh, General Manager of QBA, as well as a number of business leaders and some Hungarian statesmen. The attendees discussed the cooperation opportunities and development of economic and trade relations and discovering investment opportunities between both countries.

The meeting also included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between QBA and the Agency the ITD Hungary, This MOU aims to Encourage and promote direct contacts between entrepreneurs in both countries and create a healthy business environment aiming at strengthening the development of commercial & industrial activities between them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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