This year’s edition of Made in Qatar kicked off to a strong start with HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani leading the exhibition’s opening ceremony yesterday.
Also participating in the inauguration of the event, which will run until December 2 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), were HE the Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, and Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) chairman HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani.
Qatar Chamber first vice-chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari, second vice-chairman Rashid bin Hamad al-Athba, and several board members, including general manager Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi and leading businessmen and key industry stakeholders, were also present at the exhibition.
The two ministers then toured the pavilions and met with the participating companies to learn more about their respective products. They also witnessed the inauguration of the Gizaz Glass Container Company, which is under the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company. The factory specialises in the production of glass containers used in the packaging of water, soft drinks, dairy products, and various foodstuffs.
Sheikh Khalifa expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for his generous patronage of the exhibition, stressing that this demonstrates His Highness the Amir’s interest in the national industry and its role in the state’s inclusive development.
He also thanked the Minister of Commerce and Industry for opening the exhibition and lauded the ministry’s co-operation in organising the event and for supporting Qatar’s industrial sector. He also highlighted its role in resolving all obstacles facing the private sector, allowing it to fulfil its desired role in economic development.
Sheikh Khalifa stressed that the participation of 450 companies and factories also reflects their keen interest in promoting their products in the local market with the aim to achieve the desired self-sufficiency and reduce dependence on imports.
The exhibition boasts of a diverse roster of participating industries in the following sectors: petrochemicals, furniture, foodstuffs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and services, among others, Sheikh Khalifa emphasised.
Sheikh Khalifa called on businessmen, investors, and company representatives to visit the exhibition, learn about Qatari products, and meet with Qatari manufacturers. He noted that the event also serves as a platform for bilateral meetings between Qatari investors and their foreign counterparts, facilitating deals, and fostering alliances and partnerships in the industrial sector.
HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani during the Made in Qatar exhibition’s opening ceremony yesterday, which was held in the presence of HE the Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, and Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) chairman HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, and other dignitaries. PICTURES: Thajudheen
The dignitaries during a tour of the pavilions of the participating industrial companies at the exhibition.