The embassy of Sweden in Qatar has announced the formal launch of the
Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Qatar (SCCQ) held recently in Doha, and
is expected to build on the “steadily growing” business and investment
ties between the two countries.
According to ambassador Ewa Polano, the SCCQ represents “the commitment to a long-term investment in Qatar’s future development with Sweden as a strong and valued partner.”
The SCCQ board of directors comprises ABB Qatar managing director Gus Abboud, commercial officer Mattias Nordfeldt of the Swedish embassy, Ericsson country director (Qatar) Shadi Sayed, Gulf Agency Company/GAC general manger Daniel Nordberg, SAAB country director (Qatar) Johan Ahlberg, QTIC chairman Abdulla Albinali and Domasco managing director Faisal Sharif (representing Volvo cars, trucks, and buses).
“In 2015, the new government in Sweden presented for the first time an export strategy, and also announced thereby that 26 countries in the world shall be given extra focus and attention from the government in order to nurture trade and investment relations with these countries during the period 2015-2020. I was very glad to see that our newly opened embassy in Doha had led my government to include Qatar in these 26 countries,” Polano said.
“Further on, the export strategy requested all Swedish ambassadors around the world to establish in each country a ‘Team Sweden’. It was an honour to launch in Doha in February 2016 ‘Team Sweden’ in Qatar,” Polano added.
In each country, Polano said ‘Team Sweden’ shall include active Sweden promotion organisations. In Qatar, the ambassador said the embassy included organisations like ‘Business Sweden: Swedish Trade & Investment Council’ and the ‘Alumni Sweden Network in Qatar’. “I am glad to chair our Team Sweden here in Doha, but we missed one important component – a Swedish Chamber of Commerce – and since we have now launched it, Team Sweden in Qatar is complete,” Polano said.
She said Team Sweden in Qatar, in partnership with Qatari stakeholders, will pursue initiatives in green technologies, sustainability, quality, high-tech, ICT, transportation, renewable energy, and safety.
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