Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani has been named first vice-president of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa) during a recent General Assembly meeting held in Berlin, which was followed by a joint meeting of the executive office and board of directors.

Sheikh Khalifa led the Qatar Chamber’s delegation, which included board members Dr Khaled bin Klefeekh al-Hajri and Mohamed bin Ahmed al-Obaidli, along with acting general manager Ali Bu Sherbak al-Mansouri.

The delegation also attended the activities of the ‘27th Arab-German Economic Forum’, which was held under the theme ‘Doing Business with Impact: The Art of Building Lasting Connections’.

The forum was organised by the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in co-operation with the Federation of Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It featured a wide range of speakers, including representatives from several Qatari entities, such as the Ministry of Municipality, Qatar Free Zones Authority, and Qatar Tourism.

Sheikh Khalifa, who commended the strong commercial relations between Arab countries and Germany, emphasised the role of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in this regard. He said Arab-German trade amounted to €62bn in 2023 compared to €51bn in 2022, registering an increase of 20%. He also underscored the close relationship between Qatar and Germany, especially in the economic and commercial sectors.

He said both countries’ trade exchange stood at QR7.1bn in 2023, recording an increase of 4.4% compared to QR6.8bn in 2022, underscoring Germany’s importance as one of Qatar’s most significant trade partners.

Highlighting the event’s role in boosting Arab-German trade and investment, Sheikh Khalifa said: “The forum serves as a key platform for connecting businesses, exploring new opportunities, and forming new partnerships, whether in Germany or Arab countries.”

He added that the forum included several panel discussions and a roundtable that delved into numerous topics, such as the future of smart cities, visionary logistics and transport projects, evolving AI dynamics, sustainable tourism growth, and resilient supply chains.