June 21-23, 2021 | Virtual Forum

Qatar Economic Forum

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Every economic shock leaves a legacy. Covid-19 will be no different. The pandemic has roiled financial markets, dampened global growth, upended traditional business models and threatens the future of globalisation. The scars will be felt for generations. However, the chaos has also given birth to an uneasy optimism about the future. The world may never be the same again. In that, lies a historic opportunity – a chance to reimagine the world.

More than a decade after the 2008 financial crash, it’s dark legacy hangs over the global economy. Despite bank bailouts and central bank interventions, the global economy remains marred by deep inequality, growing populism and swathes of social and civil unrest. Covid-19 exacerbated all of that.

Forward-thinking policy makers and leading executives must take advantage of this moment to make the difficult and long-delayed structural reforms that business and society are clamoring for. The case must be made that lower barriers to trade, labor market and tax reforms, supply chain realignments, stronger public health systems and aggressively combating climate change will create a greener, more equal and resilient global economy.

The Qatar Economic Forum Powered by Bloomberg convenes some of the world’s most influential financial and economic thinkers, policy makers and influencers to prepare a blueprint for the next stage of global growth. We look at the geographies and industries that will lead us out of this crisis. Anchored strategically in Doha, at the confluence of the East and West, The Qatar Economic Forum will identify opportunities, present solutions, and take the first actionable steps towards creating this post-pandemic reimagined world.


The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is responsible for overseeing commercial and industrial activities for the State of Qatar and directing these activities in accordance with the requirements of national development. The Ministry’s mandate includes business development, contributing to attracting investments, as well as supporting and developing exports. Other responsibilities are developing methods and procedures for providing public services to the business and investment sector, regulating the practice of trade professions, registering commercial and investment establishments, issuing the necessary licenses to carry out their activities, and supervising the regulation and control of markets in its area of competence. The Ministry is additionally responsible for taking the necessary measures to protect consumers, combat commercial fraud, safeguard competition, and prevent monopolistic practices, as well as protect intellectual property rights. Moreover, the Ministry seeks to devise general policies to promote industrialization and national industries, developing and exploiting its existing industrial zones, and proposing the establishment of new ones.

The Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) oversees investment promotion activities under the Invest Qatar brand and acts as the country’s umbrella organization for FDI attraction. Through its vast resources and close coordination with Qatari licensing platforms, IPA Qatar helps businesses advance their ambitions and achieve long-term success by delivering the support, advice, and expertise needed. IPA Qatar’s goal is to showcase Qatar as an exceptional investment destination, connecting international investors to lucrative business opportunities, while bringing progress to the country’s economic development and diversification goals across sectors and geographies.

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