Posted on March 23, 2018

Government Ministers, officials, dignitaries, VIPs and business leaders will convene in Qatar next month for a new, ground-breaking, Qatar India Business and Investment Conference (QIBIC), a unique platform that will explore further cooperation across the business landscape between the two countries, in line with Qatar’s national goals to diversify its economy.

The first-of-its-kind conference, which will run from April 16-17 at the Rotana City Center Hotel, will provide a carefully-crafted forum that includes the who’s who of business leaders, to explore opportunities and discuss ways to enhance the deep-rooted and multi-faceted Qatar-India relationship, which has contributed significantly towards the growth and development of Qatar over the years. With the Qatar private sector developing and evolving rapidly, the forum will help assess investment opportunities in the Qatari and Indian economy.  Organised by the Indian Business & Professionals Council (IBPC), Qatar, and Reach Events, in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Qatar, the well-attended QIBIC conference will examine in detail the business ecosystem in India and Qatar and will recommend measures for enhancing coordination between the two to achieve more effective results in the future.

His Excellency Mr. P. Kumaran, Ambassador of India to Qatar, said: “India has a long history of friendship, collaboration and trade with Qatar and looks forward to an enhanced forward-looking partnership in the coming years, to help realize the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030. The Qatar government has welcomed Indian businesses, professionals and workers with open arms over the years, helping develop a deep bond between our two peoples. The Qatar India Business and Investment Conference (QIBIC) offers a perfect platform for a number of Indian entities here to highlight their successes in Qatar and also promote new opportunities available in both countries, so as to take the well-established economic relationship to the next level.”

IBPC, which has operated in Doha since 1999, is anchoring this event as part of its mission to promote trade and commerce and to enhance bilateral investment, including through the formation of joint ventures between Qatari and Indian companies. President of IBPC, Mr. K.M. Varghese mentioned that QIBIC will “set the foundation for a higher engagement between the Qatari and Indian business community”. He added: “IBPC has grown significantly in numbers over the past two decades and acts as an ideal complement to the efforts of the Indian government, through our members operating in Qatar. QIBIC neatly fits into the objectives of our organization as it provides our members with a unique platform to showcase how they are contributing to the strong bond between these two great nations. We are confident that QIBIC will soon become an annual benchmark for such collaboration across borders.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with the Indian Business and Professionals Council (IBPC) and the Indian Embassy in Qatar for this engaging, first-of-its-kind conference that we hope will evolve into an annual platform to stimulate economic cooperation between the two countries. The conference sessions have been carefully conceived to focus on exciting investment opportunities across various sectors,” said Mr. Wahab Bou Hamdan, CEO at Reach. “Qatar has made significant strides in stimulating the private sector and building bridges of international economic cooperation and the Qatar India Business and Investment Conference will shine a light on those achievements. At Reach, we aim to promote economic exchange through practical meetings and conferences based on exchanging knowledge and opportunities." "Given the new economic developments in the region, we expect that there will be more foreign investment and domestic investment, driven by a rise in the number of Qatari entrepreneurs. The conference will recognize this important trend by hosting several speakers to share their success stories as entrepreneurs and SME owners.”

Thought leadership sessions across the two days of the QIBIC conference will focus on topics such as private sector opportunities in hospitality & tourism, the Industrial sector, infrastructure, investment and finances, the services sector, and technology. The SME and entrepreneurship landscape in India and Qatar will be explored, and there will be further sessions focusing on agriculture trends, strategies, and long-term plans.

QIBIC will take place from April 16-17 at Rotana City Center Hotel Doha, with doors open for registration at 8am on April 16. For more information or for advanced registration, please