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, discussing the importance of fostering and promoting entrepreneurship, and proposing a specific plan of action to make Qatar University, as well as other Gulf universities and educational institutions incubators of young entrepreneurs of the future by devising and implementing degree programs that aim specifically at developing the right skills in the arts of business, decision making and risk management.
The forum is expected to attract wide interest and participation on the part 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 and the academic community in Qatar, the rest of the Gulf countries and internationally.
The Association has played a path breaking role in enhancing the contribution of women to economic life in Qatar and to the strategic growth that we are witnessing today, in line with the government’s vision. The Association is also a founding member of the Middle East and North Africa Businesswomen Network which includes 10 members from 10 countries, and has become a role-model in terms of its activities, dynamism and best practices.
In the final analysis, the mission of the Qatari Businesswomen Association is to enhance the role of businesswomen and to contribute effectively to the Qatari economy. To this end it is constantly developing new strategies to achieve this mission at the local, regional and international levels.
Qatar Development Bank (QDB)
Qatar Development Bank (QDB) with Qatar University and Interactive Business Network are organizing “ Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum” to be held in Doha, State of Qatar on 7-8 March 2016.
Qatar Development Bank (QDB) was established in 1997, a 100% government-owned developmental organization. In 2008 the bank revisited its mission statement to reflect the successful completion of its new strategic objective and changed its name to Qatar Development Bank.
The State of Qatar, QDB’s sole shareholder, increased the bank's capital from 200 million to 10 billion riyals in 2008. Since that time, and reflecting the
expansion of its mission and financial assets, QDB has launched a considerable number of strategic initiatives and programs, all designed to directly contribute to the economic growth and development of Qatar.
QDB’s strategy is entirely in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. Aside from offering financial support, Qatar Development Bank is tasked with promoting entrepreneurship in the private sector, facilitating the development of key economic sectors through the provision of capital and advisory services.
QDB has also launched several initiatives, including Al Dhameen program, an indirect loan facility to guarantee commercial bank loans to private sector companies, in collaboration with other banks and financial institutions.
QDB’s export arm “Tasdeer” program was created to develop and promote exports from Qatar, providing export credit guarantees in addition to financial products and solutions designed to mitigate the risks imposed on local exporters.
The bank also provides consulting services in business development to help entrepreneurs to prepare for business. This will include feasibility studies, the conduct of market research and the selection of appropriate techniques; fundamentally helping to develop the capabilities of SME owners to enhance and refine their skills in the market and establish strong ties with financial and non-financial support entities.
INTERACTIVE BUSINESS NETWORK - IBN
Interactive Business Network was established in 2010 with a vision to become a leader in the event management industry and to play a major role in promoting investment opportunities and business activities.
Recognizing the potential of the Qatari economy, we have developed the required knowledge and expertise to assume a place among the best in our field on the local and regional market.
We have been lucky to serve a large number of major clients in all sectors in Qatar and the region, and our events have gained well-earned recognition as the most effective, influential and well organized.
Our team endeavors to apply the highest standards of skill, effort, and creativity to award our events with that unique touch and spirit that exceeds all expectations.
We strive to offer our clients solutions that are individually tailored to meet their requirements, objectives and constraints in order to maintain long-term partnerships, as our reputation is our most valuable asset.