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‘Project Qatar’ to boost trade and commerce: Minister

‘Project Qatar’ to boost trade and commerce: Minister

DOHA: H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, the Minister of Economy and Commerce, yesterday inaugurated ‘Project Qatar 2015’ — the 12th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition — at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

This year’s four-day exhibition will see participation of 1,130 exhibitors, representing over 2,000 companies and brands and 21 pavilions from 40 countries. Covering 41,500sqm of exhibition space, Project Qatar 2015 stretches across seven halls and an outside area for heavy machinery.

“Project Qatar remains a very important exhibition in the country, and continues to play a pivotal role in the enhancement of trade and commerce. Companies from 40 countries are participating in the exhibition this year, which speaks about the significance of Project Qatar not only to Qatar but also for the Middle East,” said the Minister said.

A number of officials, decision makers and diplomatic figures attended the opening ceremony, which featured an exclusive tour of the exhibition. Organisers are expecting footfall of 50,000 visitors by the end of the show.

“By bringing together a huge cluster of local, regional and international companies to Doha year after year, Project Qatar has established its role in bringing about new technologies and experiences, creating partnerships and boosting commercial trade,” said Albert Aoun, owner of IFP Group. “In this regard, the success of the exhibition is not only due to the efforts of the organisers, but also to our amazing partners who have so generously assisted us in putting together this memorable event, but most of all, to the support of the Government of Qatar, without which Project Qatar would not be experiencing the extraordinary growth it has seen over the years,” he added.

Rashed Nassir Sraiya Al Kaabi, Vice-Chairman of Al Sraiya Holding Group, noted: “We would like to thank all participants who have helped make this event a success, achieving its mission in providing regional and international agents, dealers and buyers the opportunity to network in a suitable, professional environment. Project Qatar has proven to be yet another success with an extraordinary turnout and we look forward to accomplishing a new milestone in the years to come.”

IFP Qatar, in collaboration with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, has introduced this year the Project Qatar Workshop Series. The first day of the workshops kicked off yesterday with three sessions: “The ISO 9001 revision in more detail” & “ISO 14001: 2015 Revision and Transition” by the British Standards Institution Group Middle East WLL (BSI), “Main Issues facing construction companies — a banking perspective” by Qatar Development Bank and “An overview of the GCC Building Materials Industry” & “Manufacturing Investments Opportunities in Qatar” by the Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC). The following days will include several other topics conducted by large governmental and semi-governmental entities, including the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), and Hamad medical Corporation (HMC).