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Qatar Shell and QDB Unveils Business Opportunities to Qatari SMEs

QDB Shell SME Opportunities Group

As part of a nationwide strategy to support Qatari Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and Qatar Shell hosted their fourth annual ‘SME Business Opportunities Workshop’ to reveal six new specific business opportunities that will enable local SMEs to join Qatar Shell’s supply chain.

During the workshop, more than 250 Qatari SMEs and entrepreneurs were presented with the upcoming tenders, and pre-qualification process to become suppliers to Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, delivered by Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell.

Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa QDB CEO

QDB CEO Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa

Commenting on the event, Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of QDB, said:

For the fourth consecutive year, our partnership with Qatar Shell continues to bear fruit as we remain steadfast in providing valuable business opportunities to Qatari SMEs.’

He added:

Since local business represents the backbone of any sustainable economy, QDB is proud of its commitment to supporting the Economic Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 by bolstering the growth of the private sector and empowering local SMEs and their contribution towards economic development.’

Michiel Kool, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, said:

The fourth annual ‘SME Business Opportunity Workshop’ reflects our ongoing commitment, alongside our strategic partner QDB, to supporting the growth of Qatar’s private sector. Since 2013, we have offered 14 business opportunities specifically to Qatari SMEs because we have every confidence in the quality and capability of local suppliers in the market, who we believe can add value to our operations in Qatar.’

Michiel Kool Qatar Shell CEO
Qatar Shell presented the following new business opportunities: Active and Healthy Lifestyle, CSR Program Delivery; Translation Services; Compressor Dry Gas Seals Refurbishment and Testing Services; CO and Industrial Gases – Manufacturing; Plastic and Glass Sample Bottles – Manufacturing; and White Metal Bearing Refurbishment – Services.

During the workshop, Qatari SMEs owners and entrepreneurs were briefed on Qatar Shell’s tendering process, as well as the advisory support and financial incentives provided by QDB.

Local SMEs have now been invited to register their interest to tender until 7 June 2016. Registered SMEs will then be invited to qualifications stage by 3rd week of June, and successful SMEs will be awarded contracts by December 2016.

For further information about the workshop, please visit their website

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