The establishment of US-Qatar Business Council will further help enhance the bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Qatar and the US noted the senior officials of the Council at the opening ceremony, which was attended by a list of high profile guests and senior business leaders.
The US-Qatar Business Council celebrated the opening of its Qatar office through Qatar Financial Centre at a reception event in Doha, recently.
The event was attended by high-level officials from the Qatari and American public and private sectors. Guests of honor included H E Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry; H E Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al Thani, the Governor of Qatar Central Bank; H E Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the US; Yousuf Al Jaida, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre; and Brigadier General Nawaf bin Mubarak Al Thani, Qatar’s Defence Attaché to the US.
From the US government, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Timothy Lenderking; and Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Qatar, Bill Grant.
“The Council is thrilled to be opening an office in Qatar and looks forward to extending its reach locally to the Qatari and American business community based here,” said Ambassador Anne Patterson, President of the US-Qatar Business Council, in her opening remarks.
Mohammed Barakat, Managing Director of the US-Qatar Business Council added: “This has been a goal of the Council for a few years now, and we know this will further enhance and advance our ability to serve the US-Qatar business community.” The Minister of Commerce and Industry Al Kuwari delivered remarks highlighting the strength of the US-Qatar bilateral trade relationship and the reforms that took place and are still in the works in Qatar to increase the ease of doing business.
The establishment of the USQBC office in Doha will aid in reflecting our country’s true image and business environment to the US business sector and will encourage both parties to consider having investments in both markets.”
Also, in attendance at the event were the Council’s Board of Directors. This inaugural event came after a day of meetings for the Board with key Qatari stakeholders, including Qatari government Ministers, officials, and private sector leaders. In addition, The Council’s Board met with US government officials and US business leaders in Qatar.
The Council’s Board had fruitful discussions on many topics including the new reforms, ease of doing business, investments and the general strength of the US-Qatari bilateral relationship.
The US-Qatar Business Council thanked its sponsors for supporting the event marking history for the Council. Thank you to our Gold Sponsor ConocoPhillips as well as its Silver Sponsors, LuLu Group and Excelerate Energy.