The Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar (IPAQ) announced the expansion of Dogus Group Holding, one of Turkey’s largest private-sector conglomerates into Qatar’s food/beverage, hospitality and construction sectors, in an agreement signed on the sidelines of the recently concluded Doha Forum.
The agreement, which was signed by Sheikh Ali Alwaleed al-Thani, chief executive officer, Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar; and Ferit Sahnek, chairman, Do?u? Group Holding; lays the groundwork for collaboration between the two sides and aims to increase co-operation to help them achieve mutually-beneficial common objectives.
Under the agreement, the entities will work together to launch more food and beverage brands into the Qatari market, invest in Qatar’s flourishing tourism and hospitality market, as well as further facilitate Do?u? Holding’s expansion into the country’s construction sector.
To date, Do?u? Holding has been actively involved in developing Qatar’s infrastructure through construction projects such as Al Rayyan Road among others.
In order to achieve these objectives, the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar will provide Do?u? Group Holding with relevant information on market and investment opportunities in Qatar, assistance in the company’s business setup and establishment process, access to relevant Qatari public entities, such as ministries and state agencies, as well as support in seeking strategic investments in Qatar.
Sheikh Ali said, “This agreement with Do?u? Group Holding further underscores Qatar’s attractiveness as an FDI hub as well as the importance that the State of Qatar places on its economic and political relations with the Republic of Turkey. We are delighted that the Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar can serve as a catalyst strengthening these relations.”
Sahnek said, “Turkey and Qatar have enjoyed strong bilateral ties for decades. Do?u? Holding is honoured to be a part of these ever-growing ties and make impactful contributions to the State of Qatar through its array of core businesses. We look forward to continue working together on mutually-beneficial investment opportunities.”
Qatar and Turkey continue to enjoy robust bilateral relations and the combined value of their trade exchange hit $2bn in 2018, registering a sharp jump of around 54% compared to 2017.
A commercial and economic partnership agreement signed between the two countries in September 2018 aims to expand such co-operation by promoting trade exchange and easing restrictions on investments, among other areas.
Turkish companies are handling projects worth over $11.6bn in Qatar, most of which are geared towards preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
As part of its mandate to attract more FDI into Qatar, the Investment Promotion Agency LLC will aim to be a single and complete source for investment solutions in the State of Qatar by attracting FDI in all of the country’s priority sectors. The entity will also pursue targeted, sector-specific investment promotion agendas and co-ordinate investment promotion and marketing activities with key stakeholders, as well as develop policy advisory.
Do?u? Group Holding, through its subsidiaries, focuses on financial services, automotive, construction, media, tourism, real estate, energy, and entertainment businesses and serves clients worldwide.