In line with their commitment to encourage innovation, contribute to the development of small and medium enterprises (SME) in Qatar, and support Qatar’s goal of economic diversification, Sasol has once again served as sponsor of the 7th Al Fikra 2019 National Business Competition, an initiative led by Qatar Development Bank (QDB) as part of its commitment to the development of SME in Qatar.

The Minister of Commerce and Industry, HE Ali Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari awarded eight winners of the Al Fikra 2019 edition. Al Fikra is an educational initiative aimed at nurturing and developing the talents of young entrepreneurs through workshops that transform entrepreneurial business ideas into successful projects. Al Fikra provides entrepreneurs with the necessary support to contribute to Qatar’s economic diversification.

7th Al Fikra National Business Competition
Jack Saba (right) sits as a member of the 2019 Al Fikra Panel

Evert Kleynhans, Acting President of GTL Ventures at Sasol said that they have long-recognised the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises, and have strived to use their technology and industry footprints as platform to support entrepreneurship.

Al Fikra National Business Competition nominees have shown exceptional ability, ingenuity, resilience, and spirit throughout the competition, and we are proud to be part of their journey to success.’

Jack Saba, Sasol General Manager of Public Affairs and member of the Al Fikra competition panel said they are proud to be the strategic sponsor of such an important programme for Qatar for six consecutive years.

Al Fikra plays a vital role in supporting the local entrepreneurs in Qatar in their mission to develop their business ideas, and this is aligned with Sasol’s mission to benefit every environment it operates in. We are proud to support Al Fikra and its contribution to Qatar National Vision 2030.’

Under its CSR umbrella, Sasol has been supporting Al Fikra National Business Competition during its journey over the past six years, demonstrating their commitment to its innovative platform, culture of creativity and foothold in diversifying the local market. Sasol’s other CSR initiatives include Qatar e-Nature, Definitely Able and Accessible Qatar. These initiatives play a vital role in driving a positive impact in society, in raising environmental awareness among the younger generations and in supporting accessibility and inclusivity for disabled communities.

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