The Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to oversee, regulate, and support research development and entrepreneurship efforts to foster the establishment of a sustainable knowledge-based economy in Qatar.
The collaborative programme will enable QFZA and QSTP - which is part of Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation - to support research, development, innovation, and entrepreneurship within their respective areas based on identified and prioritised segments that will have a positive contribution to the number of innovators, specialised workforce, businesses, and the startup environment.
HE the Minister of State and QFZA chairman Ahmad bin Mohamed al-Sayed
The agreement will include a mechanism for training programmes and information sharing, as well as joint promotion events to strengthen the investment sector.
Qatar Foundation vice chairperson and CEO Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani said, “I am excited to see the new startups and ventures that will come out of this partnership. Providing access and building up the capabilities of our homegrown talent is even more critical in this current climate. We must continue to explore new ways of thinking and innovate in order to build a truly sustainable and resilient nation.”
Qatar Science & Technology Park
Qatar Free Zones Authority
HE the Minister of State and QFZA chairman Ahmad bin Mohamed al-Sayed said, “We are pleased to sign this agreement with QSTP, which is in line with the directives of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani on aligning the efforts of the concerned investment entities. The MoU will allow us to go further in our continued support of Qatar’s technology and innovation sectors, and enhance the growing technology ecosystem within Qatar.”
He added: “We look forward to welcoming innovative international businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs, and startups to explore all that Qatar Free Zones and QSTP have to offer .”
Since its establishment in October 2018, Qatar Free Zones has approved projects worth a total of more than QR3bn from a wide range of leading local and global companies focused on the new economy, sustainability, IT, communications, transport, logistics, medical services, aviation, cybersecurity, and agritech.
Over QR4.3bn has been invested in research, development, and innovation activities by international companies registered at QSTP. The technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship hub is currently home to over 50 companies, including 20 multinational companies, and has incubated 22 technology-focused Qatari startups. Since 2008, more than 1,000 people have participated in its innovation programmes.