HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar, led the delegation that participated in the B20 Summit 2023 held recently in New Delhi, India. The delegation comprised members of ICC Qatar and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI).

The Business 20 (B20) Summit was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at the behest of the Government of India, which holds the current G20 presidency.

The B20 Summit is the official engagement group for the G20 dialogue comprising businesses from around the world. The B20 communicates the views of businesses worldwide from various industries, on global economic and trade governance issues, which is then delivered in a single voice in the form of actionable policy recommendations to the G20.

During one of Qatar Chamber's meetings on the sidelines of the B20 Summit
During one of Qatar Chamber's meetings on the sidelines of the B20 Summit
Qatar Chamber Chairman, HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim during the B20 business group summit
Qatar Chamber Chairman, HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim during the B20 business group summit


This year’s B20 Summit was held under the theme R.A.I.S.E, which stands for Responsible, Accelerated, Innovative, Sustainable, Equitable Businesses.

There are seven task forces to support the theme and intended outputs for the summit:

  • Inclusive, global value chains (GVC) for resilient global trade and investment
  • Future of work, skill and mobility
  • Digital transformation
  • Financing for global economic recovery
  • Financial inclusion for economic empowerment
  • Energy, climate change and resource efficiency
  • Tech, innovation and research and development

There are two action councils on environment, social and governance (ESG) in business, and African economic integration – an agenda for global business.

According to Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani, greater strides are being taken across the world each year toward a more equitable and developed world. He said that B20 continues to pick up dialogues that need to be had and empower businesses to contribute to these conversations.

He added that as part of Qatar’s digital journey, the country continues to make strides in digital transformation.

Fastest tech hub in the Middle East

In May, Google launched its Cloud Region in Qatar, the first data centre in the Gulf Cooperation Council market, reinforcing Qatar’s title as the fastest-growing technology hub in the Middle East. The launch is owed to Qatar’s digital transformation-friendly policies and sharp vision, in tune with Qatar National Vision 2030.

The new Google Cloud will serve as a catalyst for digital transformation, opening doors for myriad opportunities for all business sectors.

In harmony with the discussions addressing global Cyber Security Risks, Qatar established the National Cyber Security Agency in 2021. The agency is responsible for undertaking projects and programmes to enhance cybersecurity, foster the growth of ICT and digital transformation, provide valuable solutions to tackle cybersecurity challenges and empower the knowledge-based economy.

The agency continues to be very active, partly working on initiatives to socialise cyber security across all spheres of society and enhance responses to cyber threats.

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