Qatar Chamber (QC) will be holding the ‘Conference on Development of Public-Private Partnership’ on 7 July, under the patronage of the Minister of Commerce and Industry, HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, and QC Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani.

The conference was originally scheduled to be held in March, but was postponed due to the precautionary measures taken to curb COVID-19.

Organised by Al Mashoura Advertising via video conference technology, the conference aims to raise awareness among business sectors about Law No 12 of 2020, regulating partnership between the public and private sectors, issued by The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, last May.

QC Director General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi
QC Director General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi

QC Director General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi said that the conference will be attended by speakers from the public and private sectors and will also see the participation of businessmen, representatives of government bodies and experts from various countries.

The conference is aimed at looking at opportunities and challenges that resulted from the law, reviewing the international best practices and experiences in partnership, as well as the many research studies conducted and what the private sector expect from the partnership.

The PPP law enhances the economic and investment environment which witnessed great development, especially after the issuance of many new economic legislations. These legislations include the law regulating the Non-Qatari Capital Investment in the Economic Activity, the Unified Register Law, the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Law, the law on supporting the competitiveness of national products and combating harmful practices against them in international trade, the law on the regulation of non-Qatari ownership and utilisation of real estate, the Industrial Zones Law and other legislation and laws that have contributed to making Qatar a future for global investments.

Al Sharqi said that ideas on enhancing the partnership and the sectors that may attract partnership projects between the two sectors will also be discussed during the conference.

He expressed his hope that this partnership will accelerate the introduction of governmental projects and push forward economic development, in addition to bringing local and foreign investments to different economic sectors.

In 2009, Qatar Chamber held a similar conference on partnership that recommended the passing of a law to regulate public-private partnership.

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