Posted on June 02, 2013

Yesterday The South African Embassy in Qatar and the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa (the DTI) in association with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QC) inaugurated the Qatar edition of the 2010 World Cup Legacy Exhibition in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa, H.E. Ms.Elizabeth Thabethe, His Excellency Saad Cachalia, Ambassador of South Africa to Qatar and Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Towar, Vice Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The South Africa 2010 World Cup Legacy Exhibition is held at the St. Regis Hotel Grand Ballroom 10:00 to 18:00 on the 2nd and 3rd of June and from 10.00 to 16.00 on the 4th of June. The exhibition brings to Qatar 40 of the South African companies who played a vital role in the success of the 2010 World Cup. Exhibiting companies represent industries ranging from construction and supplies, to security, logistics, and food service. The exhibition is an initiative of the DTI to share skills,experience and knowledge with Qatar-based businesses.

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, representatives of South Africa and Qatar businesses gathered for a business seminar. It featured a line up of distinguished speakers including Deputy Minister H.E. Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe who highlighted the growing bilateral trade relations between Qatar and South Africa and reflected on how the World Cup has impacted the South African nation and its people. H.E. Ambassador Saad Cachalia,opened the seminar.

The list of speakers also included Ms. Hilda Moja, Chief Director of Export Promotion Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa who spoke about the economy and investment environment in South Africa and Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Towar, Vice Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry who gave an overview on doing business in Qatar. Ms. Itumeleng Dlamini, former member of the South African LOC shared South Africa’s experience in organizing the 2010 World Cup.

H.E. Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa commented: “I would like to extend my gratitude to the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry for supporting us in bringing the World Cup 2010 Legacy to Qatar.The bilateral relations today between Qatar and South Africa hold significant promise for future growth and co-operation in key economic areas.”

This marks the third stop for the World Cup Legacy Exhibition, previously visiting Brazil and Russia, the two countries who will host the World Cup in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Towar, Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on the occasion: “We see great value in the World Cup 2010 Legacy Exhibition as it is a good model for bringing businesses together across borders to cultivate opportunities that benefit both nations. We encourage the businesses in Qatar to meet with the exhibiting companies and benefit from the experience that South African companies have to share.”

His Excellency Saad Cachalia, Ambassador of South Africa to Qatar commented: “I am delighted with the large turn out for the first day of the event and look forward to the two upcoming days. The road to a successful World Cup requires careful planning and hard work and we hope that local companies will benefit from the expertise and the experience of the exhibiting companies.”

Companies who are interested in attending are invited to register their interest by calling +974 4410 3022 or sending an e-mail to Kimberly.hard@ogilvy.com. There will be ample opportunities to meet representatives of the South African businesses and schedule meetings to discuss business opportunities on June 3rd and 4th.

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