Posted on November 12, 2014

On Tuesday evening, The American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar (AmCham Qatar) and the German Business Council Qatar (GBCQ) convened leaders from top global companies for a joint discussion examining challenges, opportunities and strategies for business success in Qatar. The hour-long discussion hosted by AmCham Qatar and GBCQ was a united effort to give business leaders in Qatar the insights and information they need to support the development and diversification of Qatar’s private sector.

Approximately 100 decision makers discussed hot topics of critical importance to Qatar’s business community, including procurement policy and strategy, talent recruitment, and payment systems. The session was moderated by John Forde, Founder and Director of PRO-Partnership and COO of the Bethel Group. Forde has lived in Qatar since 1978. His Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman Hassan Al-Thani, Chairman of the Bethel Group, and Saleh Hamad Al Sharqi, Deputy General Manager of the Qatar Chamber, were the forum’s honored guests.

Joint Forum examines strategies 2 [].jpgThe expert panel agreed that having a strong presence on the ground in Qatar and a long-term commitment to doing business in the market were the two top factors for success. AmCham Qatar Chairman, Robert A. Hager said: “AmCham Qatar is proud to partner with our friends at the German Business Council Qatar to talk about the issues that matter to businesses here - furthering the development and diversification of Qatar’s vibrant and rapidly expanding private sector.”

Mr. Henning Zimmermann, Deputy Chairman of the GBCQ and Director of DB Schenker, Overseas Cargo L.L.C. said, “United in the mission to support and strengthen Qatar’s position as a leading business hub, it is hugely beneficial to organize joint meetings with our partners at AmCham Qatar. Through events like this, we obtaining insights across industries and chart a course forward for success in Qatar.”

Joint Forum examines strategies 3 [].jpgThe panel included leading figures from top global companies operating in Qatar and the Middle East including: Mr. Philipp M. Luehrs, Regional Vice President Middle East, Deugro; Mr. Greg Bergida, Director of Student Affairs, Northwestern University of Qatar; Mr. Jörg Bauch, Area Sales Manager & Country Manager Qatar, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East & Africa FZE; and Gregor F. Mannherz, Director Middle East Office, Middle East and North Africa Business Strategies and Politics, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems International Qatar.

AmCham Qatar hosts events open to AmCham Qatar members and members of the wider business community, and serves as a key forum for American, domestic and international businesses to pursue common commercial interests and build relationships in Qatar. The next AmCham Qatar event – the Distinguished Speaker Series - is on November 19, featuring Jeffery Johnson, President of Boeing Middle East. More information on AmCham Qatar events is available here: Follow @AmChamQatar on Twitter for the latest updates.