Around 200 companies will participate in this year’s ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition slated from November 5 to 9 in Muscat, Oman, Qatar Chamber vice-chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari announced on Sunday.
At a press conference at the chamber’s headquarters, al-Kuwari said this year’s edition of ‘Made in Qatar’ aims to open new channels between Qatari and Omani companies, and to exchange experiences in the industrial sector.
The exhibition, which is organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Qatar Development Bank (QDB), also aims to introduce high-quality Qatari products to the Omani market and to enable small and large companies to tap “new foreign markets.”
Al-Kuwari underscored the previous ‘Made in Qatar’ editions, saying last year’s exhibition attracted 320 Qatari companies and factories, as well as 140 owners of handicraft businesses.
During the press conference, al-Kuwari urged companies in the industrial sector, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and businesses specialising in petrochemicals and furniture to join the exhibition. He noted that Qatar Chamber will provide free exhibition space and the necessary support for all participants.
Citing accomplishments in Qatar’s industrial sector, al-Kuwari said it has witnessed “an unprecedented boom” even after the unjust siege imposed on the country in June 5, 2017. He said the private sector was able to boost investments and expand activities in the manufacturing sector.
QDB CEO Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa and Qatar Chamber director-general Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi signed a strategic partnership agreement for the exhibition, which will be held in a 10,000sq m area inside the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
On the sidelines of the exhibition, al-Kuwari said a Qatari-Omani forum will be held to discuss ways to strengthen trade relations. Similarly, the event will host the Qatari-Omani Business Council meeting, he said.
Al-Kuwari said the exhibition also serves as a platform for business owners to discuss the available investment opportunities in both countries, and to forge partnerships and commercial deals, which would benefit the economies of both the countries.
He also explained that “strong economic relations” between the private sectors of Qatar and Oman was the reason why ‘Made in Qatar 2018' will be held outside the country. But future editions would also be held in Kuwait, Turkey, and other Arab countries, according to al-Kuwari.
Al-Khalifa, on the other hand, said the 2018 edition of ‘Made in Qatar’ underlines the role of the exhibition to promote Qatari products in Oman, and to learn the needs of the market, as well as to explore “feasible opportunities” there.
“The exhibition will also represent a major economic forum that brings together Qatari companies from all industrial and productive sectors and businessmen to extend channels of communication, and to explore future co-operation in various fields of trade,” al-Khalifa said.