Posted on April 30, 2017

In its drive to open new regional and international markets to local companies in the Qatari private sector, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), through the support of its export program, Tasdeer, participated along with 22 local construction sector companies at the 20th edition of Building & Construction Materials International Exhibition (BATIMATEC) in Algiers, Algeria. The expo was held at Palais des Expositions d’Alger from 23 to 27 April 2017.

QDB’s pavilion at BATIMATEC included the following shortlisted 22 companies: Al Muftah Carpentry, Al Muftah Fiberglass, Al Muftah Polymer, Al Naqeeb Plastic Factory, Al-Sada Factory for Plastic Pipes, Amiantit Qatar Pipes Company, Bu Matar German Factory for Plastic Products, Hepworth PME (Qatar) WLL, International Carpentry Company, National Paints Factories Co. W.L.L., Qatar Aluminum Extrusion Company, Qatari Canadian for Energy & Electrical Industries, Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, Qatar Integrated Plastic Bags Factory, Qatar National Aluminum Panel Co. (QNAP), Qatar German Pipes Company, Qatar Plastic Products Company, Qatar uPVC Windows and Doors, Qatar Wooden Products Company, Sarplast Company W. L.L., Specialized Qatar Windows & Doors Systems, and Sigma Metal Industries.

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Commenting on the latest exhibition, Executive Director for Tasdeer, Hassan Khalifa Al-Mansoori said: "This year, our active participation with 22 Qatari construction sector companies at BATIMATEC 2017 marks our maiden attendance at this regionally renowned series. The local companies present – all of whom are involved in the fields of building, construction material and public works – are here to strengthen their cooperation with interested parties, particularly those based in Africa, because we are confident that this thriving market will only continue to develop. And, as we know, with development comes the need for quality infrastructure and real estate projects. This, then, allows our companies to access new markets, contribute to the growth of African cities and become valued solution-providers in the vital building materials and construction sectors."

BATIMATEC is one of the most recognized exhibitions of the construction industry on a regional scale, making it the largest forum for professional discourse and cooperation on developments in the construction industry. This year, the event enjoyed the participation of more than 1,000 companies from 25 countries. Furthermore, the exhibition venue, which measured approximately 44,000 m2, hosted exhibitors’ latest construction equipment and building materials.  

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Leading up to Tasdeer’s participation at BATIMATEC 2017, QDB had extended invitations of participation to 62 local companies as well as sent 63 product reports (as per the Harmonized System code) to businesses to raise awareness on the exportable goods and services in demand. Additionally, the export program had sent 19 tender requests to companies in an effort to stimulate the local private sector with business opportunities. Other promotional support included shipping brochures and samples of the participants’ goods to the exhibition as well as hosting preparatory meetings with participants so as to educate them on the market in Africa and its best practices for optimum interaction with the visitors and interested parties at the exhibition.

The latest participation of Tasdeer at BATIMATEC was preceded by a thorough 5-month research study conducted on the Algerian market to help Qatar’s native ecosystem of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gage a better understanding on how to develop its export strategy. In its efforts to help Qatar diversify its conventional sources of income from the oil and gas sector, Tasdeer also facilitates the access of non-hydrocarbon sector SMEs to global markets and emerging markets by bringing trade leads for importing and exporting to Qatari enterprises as well as supporting participation in international trade shows, workshops, exhibitions, and networking events. The program makes powerful information tools available to exporters, including country-specific case studies, analytics, and business directories.