QFC Engages with High-Level Korean Officials at Qatar-Korea Business Forum

14 10月 2019

Doha, Qatar

The Qatar Financial Centre, Ministry of Finance, Qatar Free Zones Authority, and the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar, in association with Bloomberg, recently hosted an event in New York entitled: 'The Future of Investing: Spotlight on Qatar'. This event is part of a larger strategic media agreement that the QFC has signed earlier this year with Bloomberg and the launch of the first studio for Bloomberg Television in Qatar.

 

'The Future of Investing: Spotlight on Qatar', which took place at Bloomberg's headquarters, shed light on the many foreign direct investment opportunities available in Qatar to overseas investors. The event saw a range of experts discuss the outlook for foreign investors in Qatar, some of Qatar's rapidly growing sectors including foreign direct investments in financial technology, as well as Qatar's upward investing trends seen in the past several years. An analysis of data on what is driving growth in Qatar was also presented by one of Bloomberg's top experts. 

 

The event was hosted by Jason Kelly, New York Bureau Chief of Bloomberg and included a line up of highly prominent speakers including Ambassador Anne Patterson, President of the US-Qatar Business Council; Rachel Duan, President & CEO of GE's Global Growth Organization; and James Zhan, Director of Investment and Enterprise at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

 

Qatar's delegates Sheikh Ali AlWaleed Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar; Saud Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah, Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance;  Abdulla Al-Misnad, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Free Zones Authority; Sarah Al-Dorani, Chief Marketing Officer, Qatar Financial Centre; and Sadiq Hamour, Director of Financial Institutions, Qatar Financial Centre, joined an influential audience which included a number of C-suite decision makers in financial services and fintech companies in the US.

 

Sheikh Ali AlWaleed Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar said

Qatar and Korea share extensive bilateral economic relations that continue to grow year-on-year. Qatar is currently not only the top LNG supplier to South Korea, but trade volume between our two nations increased by an impressive 44% to reach USD $16.8 billion in 2018. The forum works to highlight the many ways in which cooperation can be further enhanced between Qatar and Korea, and I am confident that we will witness many mutually beneficial engagements as a result. These will build on the extensive agreements and partnerships that were inked between Qatar and South Korea earlier this year in a variety of industries including technology, communications, and agriculture.

Saud Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah, Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, said

 

 "Qatar remains one of the world's fastest growing economies, with an abundance of investment opportunities across numerous sectors. This reflects the forward-thinking and progressive fiscal policies and legislative reforms introduced by the State of Qatar that have already seen a positive impact, as noted by international ratings agencies including Moody's and S&P, all of which underlines the nations attractiveness as an investment hub."

 

Abdulla Al-Misnad, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Free Zones Authority, said 

 

"Qatar's regulatory, digital, entrepreneurial, and legislative frameworks offer a sustainable climate for international investors to prosper. In our brand-new free zones, we are committed to foster economic growth by focusing on sectors where Qatar has a strong value proposition. We aim to attract companies with willingness to play an active role in our vision towards a dynamic and diversified economy, and have the ability to penetrate large, fast growing under-served global markets."

 

Sarah Al-Dorani, Chief Marketing Officer, Qatar Financial Centre said 

 

"The Future of Investing: Spotlight on Qatar has been an excellent platform to highlight Qatar as a critical foreign direct investment (FDI) destination and present the country as the ideal location to expand in the region. The event reaffirms the QFC's long-term commitment to supporting Qatar's economic diversification efforts internationally, and serves to highlight the many unique benefits available for foreign businesses through the QFC platform, which is now home to over 750 firms."