The 2nd Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum, organised by Qatar University in collaboration with Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce and Interactive Business Network (IBN), aims to emphasise on the importance of developing the private sector and SMEs, investing in an entrepreneurial eco system and human capital, as well as creating a knowledge economy in order to support economic development and prosperity in line with the goals expressed in Qatar’s National Vision 2030 Plan.
To be held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, the Forum also aims to put into perspective the significance of an active involvement and collaboration among organisations within the private and public sectors that actively promote and encourage entrepreneurship. This includes entrepreneurship centres, the Ministry of Economy and Trade, as well as a host of other private and public sector organisations. Chief Executive Officer of IBN, Raed Chehaib, said:
The Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum will be an effective and first-of-its-kind platform in the region for defining the issues, assessing the prevailing entrepreneurial culture in Qatar and the wider Gulf. Through it, we are hoping to inspire and encourage the young generation in Qatar and other GCC countries to develop their entrepreneurial skills. At the same time, we are also aiming to emphasise the importance of a cohesive and well-coordinated action among key public and private sector organisations in facilitating entrepreneurship. We are therefore aiming to attract wide interest and participation of officials and policy makers, major public/private institutions involved in education and youth development, business leaders, banks and specialized financial institutions, economists and experts in various fields, as well as the academic community in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf countries and internationally.’
In order to ensure thorough discussions and exchanges of vital information on relevant topics that can help facilitate the promotion and development of entrepreneurship, four interactive sessions and several keynote messages are expected to be participated in and delivered by an impressive host of international speakers.
Among the topics included in the keynote messages are ‘Investment in Entrepreneurship to Shape a New Company’, ‘Entrepreneurship Practices: Investing in the human capital of the company’, and ‘Economic restructuring and shift from a manufacturing sector towards the service sector’.
On the other hand, the interactive sessions will include topics such as ‘Developing the private sector in Qatar and other GCC countries to diversify the economic pillars’, ‘Developing an entrepreneurial eco system’, ‘Knowledge economy and the new Know-How: New forms and competitiveness for SME’s’, and ‘Social entrepreneurship and innovation: the growing importance of social innovation’.
The 2nd Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum is scheduled to take place on 2 and 3 March 2015 at the Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel under the main theme ‘Fostering the New Generation of Entrepreneurs in Qatar and the Gulf’.