SC participates in Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Forum

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The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has participated in the Qatar-Germany Business and Investment Economic Forum, which took place at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

Held under the patronage of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani as part of his State visit to Germany, during which he met with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and senior Government officials, the Forum sought to develop commercial relations between Qatari organisations and businesses and their German counterparts.

 

 

H.H. the Amir opened the event, announcing €10bn of investment into Germany over the next five years in recognition of the strength of the German economy and its preeminent position in Europe. He further recognised Germany’s “principled” support for Qatar since the onset of the illegal blockade. 

The SC’s Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, participated on a panel titled, “Tourism, Health and Sports: The Road to World Cup 2022.” He spoke alongside H.E. Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Health, Hassan Al Ibrahim, Acting Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority, Andreas Jung, Executive Board Member at F.C. Bayern Munich, Christian Andresen, President of the German Hotel and Catering Association Berlin, and Marc Nolla Harvey, Director Digital Transformation Office SAP EMEA South.

H.E. the Secretary General discussed the lessons Qatar has taken from previous mega-sporting events, including World Cups and Olympic Games, among others. He said: “Germany 2006 was particularly inspirational for us because the legacy of that tournament is still being felt today. We adopted the same approach with our preparations: planning for legacy begins the moment you win the right to host the tournament. From demountable stadiums to promoting healthy living, I’m confident the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will be a benchmark for future events from a legacy perspective.”

H.E. the Secretary General also discussed the vital role that over 30 German companies have played in Qatar’s World Cup preparations to-date, noting that German companies have been involved in the development of major tournament infrastructure, including five of the eight stadiums planned for the tournament. He concluded his remarks by emphasising the positives that offered by Qatar’s compact hosting concept, which will provide players with more time for rest and recovery between games while enabling fans to enjoy the tournament from one accommodation location.

Alongside the SC, numerous public and private sector Qatari organisations participated in the Forum, including the Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatari Diar, Qatar Petroleum and the Qatar Free Zone Authority.

It was the 9th Qatar Business and Investment Forum organised to highlight the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ hosts’ commitment to economic diversification. By promoting outward and inward investment into industries including sports, tourism and manufacturing, the Forum plays a vital role in diversifying Qatar’s economy in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

In addition to the €10bn investment announced by H.H. the Amir, Qatar and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further promote cooperation between the two countries in science and education. The Forum also celebrated existing economic ties, noting well over 100 German companies are operating in Qatar today on projects worth around €73bn (QAR309bn).

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