There are plenty more opportunities to come in Qatar during the next four years, in the run up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the second Qatar-US Economic Forum in Washington, DC, was told.
This was stated by Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required to host the mega football event.
“From promoting tourism, to education, to SMEs, we are very open to different initiatives – your commercial ingenuity is the only limit,” he told an elite gathering on Wednesday.
Speaking on the panel, al-Thawadi said: “We have been working with US businesses across a range of industries, such as construction, hospitality, project management, cyber security and educational institutions, for many years, establishing strong relationships.”
Earlier, the discussion entitled ‘Qatar-US Challenges, Opportunities for Co-operation, Joint Projects and Investments’ began with an address from Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani.
The forum highlighted the strong and deep economic relationship between the two countries. With Qatari-US bilateral trade already amounting to over $125bn, the event also sought to reiterate new commercial and investment opportunities for businesses and organisations in both countries.
The other panellists were Ahmed al-Sayed, chairman of Qatar’s Free Zones Authority; Hassan al-Ibrahim, chief tourism development officer of Qatar Tourism Authority; Abdulaziz al-Khalifa, CEO of Qatar Development Bank; and Nabeel al-Buainain, CEO of Qatari Diar.
After the panel concluded, al-Thawadi and the SC delegation attended a welcome reception for His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, at the US Chamber of Commerce.
His Highness the Emir, alongside HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani, US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, and US Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, further reiterated Qatar’s strong trading relationship with the US and pledged to further develop economic relations between the two countries.
The Washington, DC forum builds on the successful forum held in Miami and the Qatar Roadshow, which saw over 2,000 football fans, residents and media visit booths set up by sporting and cultural institutions in Qatar to learn about Qatari culture and the country’s hosting plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The roadshow will soon visit two additional US cities – Charleston, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina.