The chairman of private sector leader Qatar Chamber has underscored the role played by Qatar in global trade during the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 11th World Chambers Congress held recently at the Windsor Expo Convention Centre in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Qatar Chamber represented Qatar, which was among the more than 100 countries that participated in the congress held under the theme "Creating a Shared Future." The event reviewed many important challenges faced by chambers of commerce and business communities.
It also discussed ways of reforming world trade and achieving sustainable development and development of workers' skills. The conference sessions dealt with issues related to fair competition and transparency, the future skills required for the global economy, and the revolution of electronic commerce.
On the sidelines of the congress, Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani held meetings with many officials, business leaders, and chairpersons and representatives of world chambers. The meetings reviewed ways of enhancing co-operation ties and co-ordinating efforts with a view to streamlining businesses and world trade.
Sheikh Khalifa held a meeting with Rio de Janeiro governor Wilson Witzel who expressed his country’s interest to promote co-operation relations with Qatar in all economic and commercial fields. They also reviewed Qatar’s sports strategy and preparations for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
He also held separate meetings with Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Sergei Katerin; Federation of Brazilian Chambers chairman Georges Teixeira, and several heads of delegations and business leaders participating in the conference.
During the meetings, they discussed ways to enhance the co-operation of their respective business sectors with Qatar. They also reviewed the investment climate in Qatar and the opportunities available in the Gulf state.
Qatar Chamber also competed with 74 other chambers worldwide by presenting its initiative – the "National Home-Based Businesses Programme" (NHBBP), which was ranked among the top five, registering a new international success and achievement for Qatar. The other four projects were from Brazil, Turkey, Australia, and Russia.
Sheikh Khalifa said Qatar Chamber highlighted the role it plays in supporting global trade, adding that it hosted the eighth edition of the congress in 2013.
Also, Sheikh Khalifa underscored the role of the chamber in enhancing world trade through the World Trade Agenda launched by Qatar Chamber in cooperation with the ICC, which, he noted, helps governments identify key priority areas for inclusive trade and stimulates the global economy by helping to advance multilateral trade negotiations.
Sheikh Khalifa said the chamber played a key role in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which was signed during the WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali in 2014. The agreement played a positive role in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises among countries, contributing to global security and stability, especially at a time when the economies of countries rely on SMEs by up to 90%.
He also lauded Qatar Chamber for being among the top five leading initiatives in the competition organised by the World Chambers Federation as a global programme to honour and appreciate innovative projects and initiatives implemented by chambers of commerce and industries around the world.
Sheikh Khalifa said the chamber’s NHBBP initiative was aimed at encouraging the owners of these projects to develop and employ creative talents and stimulate experience and comply with the legislation and laws in force to transform their work to SMEs.