Qatar Chamber (QC) Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani headed the QC’s delegation in the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry meetings. The 24th Arab-German Business Forum was held in Berlin, Germany from 4 to 6 October.

The delegation included QC Board Member Dr Khalid bin Klefeekh Al Hajri and QC General Manager Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi.

During the joint meeting of the Executive Bureau and the Board of Directors of the Arab-German Chamber, both parties reviewed the proposed activities for 2022 to strengthen trade and economic relations between Germany and the Arab countries.

The meeting was followed by another meeting of the General Assembly of the Arab-German Chamber, where members of both sides were elected to the Board of Directors. Qatar Chamber was re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors.

24th Arab-German Business Forum

The chamber’s delegation also participated in the 24th Arab-German Business Forum organised by the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Union of Arab Chambers, the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Germany.

The forum sessions, discussions and workshops focused on the main sectors that create opportunities and growth between the Arab and German sides.

In a statement, HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani praised the strong economic relations between the Arab countries and Germany, which witnessed a remarkable growth in recent years.

He said that the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected the commercial relations between both sides due to the economic closures and disruption of supply chains, indicating that the trade exchange between both sides amounted to about €36.1 billion last year, a decline of 18.5% compared to the previous year, stressing the need to revitalise trade exchanges to return to their pre-COVID levels.

Sheikh Khalifa also stressed that activating trade exchange between the Arab countries and Germany was one of the important topics discussed during the forum.

The forum also reviewed other topics related to the development of cooperation between the two sides in various fields such as logistics and transport, urban infrastructure and smart cities, reconstruction, and sustainable development, as well as digitisation and how the industry can drive diversification in the Arab countries.

The event also highlighted knowledge transfer as a key to business sustainability and digital transformation success and the future of investment and finance in Arab-German business relations.

Qatar-Germany relations

Elaborating on the relations between Qatar and Germany, the QC chairman also pointed to strong relations between the two countries, especially in terms of economic and commercial ties. Trade volume hit QAR6.4 billion (€ 1.5 billion) last year while it reached QAR4.3 billion (€ 1.02 billion) in the first half of 2021, an increase of 23% compared to QAR3.5 billion (€830 million) during the same period last year.

Sheikh Khalifa emphasised their concern to enhance relations between Qatari and German private sectors by increasing mutual visits, encouraging the establishment of partnerships between Qatari and German firms and exploring the investment opportunities available in both countries to help businessmen from both countries to benefit from opportunities to forge joint ventures, whether in Qatar or in Germany.

Sheikh Khalifa said there are 150 German companies operating in Qatar, which are active in many fields such as trade, construction services, medical equipment and others, stressing that the existence of German companies in Qatar is an important addition.

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