Posted on November 15, 2017

As a continuation of its strategy and approach in the field of human development through its continuous support for youth towards social participation and empowerment, and investing in their potential to play a role in the economic and social development of Qatar, NAMA Center, one of Qatar Foundation for Social Work’s (QFSW) Centers, is participating as a ‘Community Partner’ in the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) activities, which will be held at Qatar University from the 12th to the 15th of November.

GEW comes in line with the country's strategy and orientation in supporting youth to develop their entrepreneurial capacities and skills, in order to empower them to assume a leading role in the building and development process as they represent one of the most important factors in the economic and social equation, and carry on their shoulders the responsibility to achieve sustainable progress and prosperity in the country and ensure a promising future for themselves and their community in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. NAMA Center’s participation as a Community Partner emanates from its belief that the university is the platform that gives birth to future leaders and that the Center, which aims to build youth’s capacities and prepare them for the future, should work closely with Qatar University and other youth gathering places, in addition to the educational, inspirational and research roles played by the Center.

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This year, the Center's participation is rich and multi-faceted, as it includes taking part in conducting two workshops, showcasing the experiences of finalists in the ‘Qatari Entrepreneur’ Awards, presenting members of the ‘Sama Nama’ social entrepreneurs development project, in addition to participating in the Bazaar event through 10 entrepreneurial projects incubated by the Center. It is worth mentioning that the GEW is held concurrently in more than 160 countries around the world every year and includes seminars, workshops and training sessions aimed at supporting the SME sector and entrepreneurs. It also seeks to highlight key issues of concern to the Small, Medium and Microenterprises.

On this occasion, Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai, Acting Executive Manager of NAMA Center, said: “This year, our participation at the Global Entrepreneurship Week in partnership with Qatar University’s Entrepreneurship Center is a continuation of our efforts aimed at activating partnerships with the State’s various sectors and working closely with unique initiatives that serve as a platform for reaching out to target groups. It also represents a great opportunity to engage and benefit from our services and efforts aimed at contributing to the national strategy to diversify the Qatari economy and provide it with entrepreneurial projects.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week is an important platform for young entrepreneurs who represent the segment that is most capable of boosting the national economy, as through its activities, they can showcase their innovative projects, which is also a good opportunity to exchange ideas and practical experiences with their peers, as well as take advantage of all that is offered through seminars, lectures, courses and workshops. We have worked at NAMA Center since 1997 to promote entrepreneurship through a range of integrated services to establish economically viable entrepreneurial projects. Our comprehensive services include technical support, which comprises training, consultation and follow-up, as well as financial support, which covers financing, promotion, marketing, in addition to stimulating youth towards building a strong Qatari economy and contributing to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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NAMA Center is committed to achieving a number of objectives which are; to support outstanding efforts and initiatives that help shed more light on the status of entrepreneurial projects in Qatar, introduce the community to the exceptional services that the Center offers to innovative entrepreneurs of SME projects incubated by the Center, in addition to providing them with direct access to the local market to establish their presence and promote and sell their products.

It is worth mentioning that the Center, which was established in 1996 stemming from the desire of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to achieve human and social development in the State, aims to provide a stimulating environment that contributes to investing in the potential and creativity of youth, as well as to meet their needs and aspirations as partners in civil work, while exploring the best opportunities and innovating to lead the renaissance of their communities. "By youth and with youth, we shape our stances toward Qatar"

Since 2013, the center has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW). NAMA is a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Arab Network for NGOs, and the World Family Organization (WFO).