Qatar has been chosen to host high-profile 2020 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Forum, an event owned by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). The Forum, considered a key platform for addressing how MSMEs can be empowered as the global workplace transforms, is expected to attract over 700 delegates to Qatar. The bid to host the Forum had been led by the Faculty of Business at Qatar University (QU), in collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC). The announcement of Qatar as host country for 2020 was made in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations MSME Day celebrations. A delegation from QU, QNTC and Qatar Development Bank (QDB) was in attendance. The organizations, particularly QDB, had helped to demonstrate Qatar’s commitment to providing a fertile ground for small businesses to thrive.
Speaking at the MSME Day celebrations, Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO of QDB, said: “Growing a vibrant, prosperous and competitive private sector in Qatar begins with the success of our young entrepreneurs and SMEs. At QDB, we strive to achieve Qatar’s National Vision by seeding and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit within the Qatari community. Supporting young entrepreneurs, startups and established SMEs is at the heart of our endeavors to create a vibrant and sustainable economy that promotes social development.”
Hassan Al Ibrahim, Assistant Secretary General of QNTC, said: “In Qatar we believe that entrepreneurs are integral to building any sector. In tourism, we incorporate MSMEs into tourism products and events. It is how we ensure that visitors enjoy an experience that is both innovative and authentic, embodying the spirit of Qatar.”
He added: “As ICSB has witnessed over the past few months, that is not the only reason why Qatar is the right place for the 2020 MSME Forum. As our tourism and business events continue to develop, our leisure and business visitors are guaranteed a seamless and hospitable experience even before they travel, during their stay and until they complete their journey home.”