Posted on December 10, 2018

The Euromoney Qatar Conference drew to a close today following a successful two days of high-level discussions. HE Mr Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, Minister of Finance, Qatar, inaugurated day one followed by HE Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank on day two.

Today’s discussions included a series of thematic panels focused on managing Qatar’s wealth, fintech and the future of financial services in Qatar and sustainable finance. HE Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani spoke on the resilient economy of Qatar, saying: “The State of Qatar has undertaken several initiatives and issued a number of laws and legislations to create a business and investment environment that supports economic growth and empowers the private sector. In addition to waiving visa requirements for more than 80 nationalities, a free zone was established in order to promote trade and investment with other countries.”

HE Sheikh Abdulla elaborated on the healthy macroeconomic data demonstrated by Qatar’s economy during the first half of the year 2018 in comparison to the same period in 2017. He also stressed on the reforms and measures taken in order to raise awareness and build human calibre that can take Qatar’s economy through the next stage of its progress. Referring to the second financial strategy, he said: “During the period of this unjust blockade, the country succeeded in increasing the efficiency of its financial sector. We launched, at the end of last year, the second strategic plan 2017/2022 in coordination with the Qatar Central Bank, the Qatar Financial Markets Authority, and Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority. The plan aims to develop a roadmap for the financial sector, enhance the financial markets, and maintain the integrity of the financial system,” he added.

Victoria Behn, Director, Middle East and Africa, Euromoney Conferences commented: “Euromoney Qatar has always been an important conference in the financial calendar and the 2018 edition was an extremely successful and interesting one. It’s been almost a year and a half since the blockade and the country has changed significantly on many aspects since then. The conference comes at a crucial time, bringing key players in the financial sector together to learn from the last 16 months and prepare for the future. Moreover, this platform demonstrates the strength of Qatar’s economy and how it was able to overcome the impact of the current political situation. We are very happy with the outcome of this year’s edition and we look forward to returning in 2019.”

Euromoney Qatar 2018 was attended by investment professionals, financiers and economists who gathered for two days of discussion panels and keynote addresses. The conference recorded over 900 registrations. This year’s Euromoney Conference was sponsored by Qatar National Bank as senior lead sponsor, Commercial Bank as lead sponsor, Qatar Development Bank as co-sponsor, and CFA Society, Qatar Finance and Business Academy and Qatar International Islamic Bank as exhibitors. It has witnessed the participation of high profile speakers such as; HE Mr Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, Minister of Finance, State of Qatar, HE Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor of the Central Bank of Qatar, Abdulla Mubarak Al Khalifa, Acting Chief Executive Officer, QNB, Philippe Legrain, Senior visiting fellow, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and many more.

Euromoney Conferences, the world’s leading organiser of events for capital markets and investment professionals, offered companies and governments a chance to connect with financial institutions by providing a vast and detailed overview on strategy and finances in a series of workshops, talks, interviews and panel discussions. The 2018 Euromoney Qatar Conference focused discussing Qatar’s post blockade strategy and its development as a sustainable economy.