Posted on November 13, 2016

Governor of Qatar Central Bank (QCB) and Chairman of Qatar Development Bank (QDB), H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani launched the second edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) today. 

The Qatar-based installment of the worldwide initiative is designed to promote entrepreneurship by connecting startup owners, investors, researchers and policymakers from across the globe. This year’s edition of GEW will be hosted from 13 – 17 November 2016, at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) (pictured), under the patronage of the Minister of Economy and Trade, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani.

Notably, GEW takes place in nearly 160 countries simultaneously each year. The international initiative introduces entrepreneurship to communities in six continents through a series of discussion panels, workshops and training courses. In addition to shedding light on the key issues of interest to the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector, the platform provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to establish bridges across industries.

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of QDB, Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa said: "We are delighted to host GEW, a prestigious international event, for the second year in a row. Our organization of this event fits perfectly with our larger ­policy framework to support the development of the SME sector and foster an entrepreneurial spirit amongst the members of our community. By empowering our private sector, we aim to rely on the ingenuity of our people to continue our national progress, as envisioned in Qatar National Vision 2030.”

For the duration of GEW – Qatar, Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship & Career Development and Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) are scheduled to jointly host a ‘Bazaar’, where products made by SMEs will be on display. Participation of nearly 100 companies is scheduled at the ‘Bazaar’, which will be open to the public throughout the week long event, from 1:00 PM through 10:00 PM every day, 13 – 17 November 2016. The ‘Bazaar’ is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to display a wide range of their products – including accessories, clothes, flowers, food, gifts and perfumes – ata venue that is guaranteed to attract large volumes of visitors. Access to the ‘Bazaar’ is free of charge and open to the public.

Qatar Development Bank encourages the participation of all Qatari entrepreneurs, who are interested in partaking in Global Entrepreneurship Week, to join the ongoing discussions and interactive sessions. This year’s hosting and organization of GEW – Qatar comes as the latest in a series of QDB initiatives to promote the private sector. In the past, QDB has extended wide-ranging support to SMEs across a myriad of industries, so that entrepreneurs may turn their business ideas into reality and successfully diversify the national economy by providing innovative products and services.