H.E. Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with Executive Director of German Federal Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry, met with Mr. Markus Jerger, Executive Director of the German Federal Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW), currently visiting Qatar.

The meeting featured previewing aspects of promoting and developing trade and economic cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany.

During the meeting, the economic policies adopted by Qatar to diversify the national economy were also highlighted.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry signed a strategic partnership agreement with the German Federal Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW), in aims at establishing a representative office in Qatar, creating the BVMW’s first ever headquarters in the Gulf Region.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Markus Jerger, Executive Director, BVMW.

On this occasion, H.E. the Minister of Commerce and Industry praised the importance of this partnership, pointing out that it reflected the keenness of the Qatari and German governments to consolidate their strategic partnership and develop cooperation between both nations’ business sectors. H.E. added that this joint effort will also benefit German SMEs by providing them with more investment opportunities in both the State of Qatar as well as gain access to expanding to various markets in the region.

For his part, Mr Markus Jerger, Executive Director, BVMW, said: “The signing of the strategic partnership follows the announcements of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, during his visits to Germany in 2018 and 2022 to expand investment and economic cooperation between Qatari and German small and medium-sized enterprises. Qatar is currently one of the largest foreign investors in Germany with around 25 billion euros.  Qatar has announced further investments in Germany in the coming years with a focus on SMEs, amounting to 10 billion euros. With the opening of our BVMW-GCC headquarters in Doha, we are creating a contact point for German and Qatari small and medium-sized companies to benefit from business opportunities and advantages in Qatar and Germany, as well as the opportunity to expand into various markets in the region, especially since Doha is an important investment hub in the region. Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish our national teams a successful participation in the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.”

Under this new partnership, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BVMW will host numerous cross-promotional business and investment events, arrange several delegation visits between the two countries and launch marketing campaigns across multiple media platforms to shed light on the several business opportunities in Qatar for German SMEs.

The signing of this agreement builds on the November 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IPA Qatar and BVMW, which aims to jointly advance Qatari-German economic and commercial cooperation and identify new opportunities within the SME sector.

The establishment of BVMW’s office in Doha will contribute to strengthening the Qatari-German relations in the field of business, by connecting BVMW members with Qatari counterparts. It will also serve as a hub for expanding opportunities to link German businesses with potential partners across the region. This new partnership also forms a dual framework to launch joint initiatives in the areas of business facilitation, knowledge transfer, and exchange of experiences.

Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry

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