HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, together with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Khaled Nasser Abdullah al-Roudan, will inaugurate the ‘Made in Qatar’ 2020 exhibition today at Hall No 4, inside the Kuwait International Fair.
The four-day event, held under the patronage of Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, will gather as many as 220 Qatari manufacturing companies. It is organised by the Qatar Chamber, in co-ordination with the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the ‘Qatar-Kuwait Business Forum’ will be held in the morning at the Kuwait Chamber with the participation of more than 70 leading Qatari businessmen and 100 of their Kuwaiti counterparts.
Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, Kuwait Chamber vice-chairman Abdel Wahab al-Wazzan, and Qatar Development Bank’s (QDB) CEO Abdulaziz al-Khalifa will address the forum.
The business forum offers a good opportunity for both sides to review a host of investment and business opportunities available in both the countries through two sessions — ‘Investment Climate and Joint Cooperation Opportunities’ and ‘Cooperation Opportunities in Industrial Sector and Renewable Energy Sources’.
The forum will discuss means of increasing joint investments and trade between both the countries, as well as encouraging businessmen to establish projects that serve both the economies.
Qatar Chamber has announced that all preparations and logistics of the exhibition have been completed. The expo will feature Qatar’s industry through sectors such as food and beverage (F&B), furniture, petrochemicals, SMEs, and other industries. The exhibition also serves as a platform that brings together Qatari companies and factories with the Kuwaiti community.
This year’s edition is the eighth expo since its inception in 2009, and the third event to be held outside of Qatar. It is also the second instalment held since the June 2017 economic blockade was imposed on Qatar.
The ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition aims to promote the Qatari industry and its products locally and globally. It also aims to following objectives — encourage the use of Qatari products and reduce dependence on imports, encourage investors and entrepreneurs to invest in industrial projects, and support the state’s approach to public-private partnerships, as well as opening up new foreign markets to Qatari companies and pushing the industry, especially SMEs.
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