Posted on December 04, 2014

The Qatar Chapter of the world’s most influential network of entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurs Organization (“EO”), met today with the Indian Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Mr. Sanjiv Arora. The aim of the meeting was to discuss ways to strengthen entrepreneurial links between the two countries as a catalyst for economic diversification and growth.

The meeting was held at the Grand Hyatt Doha, and covered a range of issues including the ongoing deep-rooted ties between the nations, ways to increase the flow of business ideas and expertise, and potential new ventures between the two respective economies. Qatar’s fourth largest export market is India, after Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Qatar’s imported goods from India in the year of 2009-2010 constituted a total of $537 million, while its exported goods for the same year amounted to $4.6 billion.

The Indian community in Qatar is estimated at 500,000 nationals, of which Indian professionals constitute an important segment of that community. EO Qatar Vice-President, Abdulsalam Abu Isa, said: “As a local chapter of a global organization, linked to sister EO chapters in South Asia that have over 900 members and a total of US$87 Billion in sales, the cultural diversity of our entrepreneurial community in Qatar means that we can play a unique role in bridging entrepreneurial forces between companies abroad and companies based here in Qatar.”

During the meeting, a session was held to demonstrate the relationship between companies abroad and in Qatar, organized by EO Qatar Board member Dr. Tejinder Singh, founder and CEO of BPO+. With its headquarters in Doha, BPO+ is considered the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company in the Middle East. Its Qatar-based workforce employs over 1,000 people who are servicing companies across Qatar and Oman through call centers, BPO and related services.

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“To share the possibilities of offshore manufacturing in India, H.E. Ambassador Arora introduced the ‘Make in India’ initiative, as well as the different ways the Indian delegation can support all entrepreneurs in Qatar with introductions to Indian business organizations,” said Dr. Tejinder Singh. “As Membership Chair of the EO Qatar Board, we welcome all Qatar-based entrepreneurs and business owners to engage with us in opportunities for networking and learning.”

The event was attended by Qatari and expatriate EO members, who engaged in a wide range of discussions about business opportunities in the bi-lateral relationship between the countries. EO Qatar is the country chapter of EO Global, a dynamic network of more than 10,000 business owners in 46 countries with an average annual sales of $27 million USD. Members of EO Qatar are all self-made entrepreneurs and own successful businesses that meet global minimum revenue requirements. The organization’s membership is a diverse mix of Qataris and expatriates from Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia.

The EO Qatar Chapter was established in 2009 and currently has over 20 members who employ nearly 3,000 employees. Members of EO Qatar are involved in various sectors including Public Relations, Legal Services, Hospitality, Wireless Communications, Multi-media, On-line Services, Business Process Outsourcing, Publishing, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Retail, Green Technologies and Renewable Energy. EO Qatar is established as a branch of the Qatar Businessmen Association.

EO Qatar welcomes membership enquiries, and for inquiries or more information, please contact EO Qatar’s Communications Chair, David Goldstein, at david@assetlinkglobal.com, EO Qatar’s Membership Chair, Tejinder Singh, at tejinder.singh@bpo-plus.com or visit www.eoqatar.com.

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