QATAR TRADE SUMMIT 2021

Key areas focused

  • Qatar’s economic recovery and the role it plays in the region
  • Qatar’s trade trends and their importance for the next 10 years
  • Rethinking logistics, supply chain, cargo movement over the long term
  • This edition of the trade summit, will focus on exploring the complete global trade eco system in relevance to Qatar and the region.
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Event Overview

Qatar’s economy, has recovered consistently and is currently unmatched in the region. Despite the global pandemic Qatar’s economic growth looks bright and is expected to grow at a faster pace over the next decade. The surge can be attributed to Qatar’s resilience and focus on improving international trade, increased activity of the free zones and facilitating state of the art commercial infrastructure. The 3rd edition of the premium Qatar Trade Summit 2021 event, will be unveiled in the hybrid format this year. The exclusive event, will open doors to a plethora of opportunities Qatar has to offer in terms of international trade, logistics capabilities and long term investment prospects. This edition of the trade summit, will focus on exploring the complete global trade eco system in relevance to Qatar and the region

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  • Location QATAR GMT+3
  • Date & Time NOVEMBER 09 & 10, 2021
  • Speakers 25 Professionals

Why You Should Join?

Business Opportunities

Understand Qatar’s business opportunities for the private sector

01

Investment Opportunities

Explore investment opportunities in key Qatar sectors

02

Greak Speakers

Hear from regional and international leaders on trade frameworks

03

Get Inspired

Learn how technology can play a key role in in the times of a global pandemic

04

Networking Session

Engage virtually with the key stakeholders and decision makers of Qatar’s business and legislative elite

05

Meet New Faces

Discover expert advice on the best way to ensure you make meaningful new connections at events.

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40

Speakers

04

Panel Discussions

25

Sponsors, Partners & Exhibitors

500

Delegates

20

Solution Providers

25

Media Partners

ENVISIONED SPEAKERS

SAIF ALKUWARI

Assistant Director of NPCS

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

RASHID BIN ALI AL MANSOORI

CEO

Qatar Stock Exchange

AHMED ALOBAIDLI

CEO

Qatar Business Events Corporation

SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN ABDULLA AL THANI

Deputy Group CEO and CEO

Ooredoo Qatar

MR. LIM MENG HUI

CEO

Qatar Free Zones Authority, Qatar

Captain Mrityunjay Dhawal

Chief Operations Officer

Hamad Port (QTerminals)

GEROLD TUMULKA

CEO, Middle East

Swissport

MARK GEILENKIRCHEN

CEO

Sohar Port and Freezone

GLYN HUGHES

Director General

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)

HAYFA AL-ABDULLA

Director of Innovation and Technology

Qatar Science and Technology Park

TIMO HAMMAREN

Deputy Head of Unit DG TRADE

European Commission

HEBA QADRI AL MASRI

Managing Director

Qatar SportsTech

REGGY VERMEULEN

CEO

Port of Duqm Company SAOC

MR. AMADOU DIALLO

CEO

DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East & Africa

Dr OLGA REVINA

Chairperson

QUBF | Qatar-Ukraine Business Forum

ABDULAZIZ AL-MIKHLAFI

Secretary General

Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany

Raju Buddhiraju

EGM and Head of Wholesale Banking

Commercial Bank of Qatar

RAMI AL-HADDAD

Group CIO

National Aviation Services (NAS)

Ratnadeep Jana

Head of Supply Chain

Qatar Foundation

SAMSON TINGBANI

Head of IRR &SE - Middle East and Africa

DHL Global Forwarding

LORI ANN LAROCCO

Senior Editor

CNBC Business News

YOUSSEF KENAWY

International Business Advisor

International Trade Centre

FREDERIC STEHLIN

Commercial Director

Port of Duqm Company

HARI KRISHNA REDDY

Head of Procurement, Supply Chain

LafargeHolcim in Qatar

RICHARD HARDIMAN

Chief Executive Officer

Ran Marine

SALIM BOUZEKOUK

Group IT Director

QTerminals

FATIMA ALSAYEGH

Head of Research

Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Event Agenda

AGENDA DAY ONE
08:00 – 08:50 Registration and Breakfast
08:50 – 08:55 Welcome Remarks by Nispana Global
08:55 – 09:00 Welcome Remarks by Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Session One - Qatar in perspective
09:00 - 09:20 Opening Keynote – Qatar Trade Outlook 2021 – Unmatched economic emergence
  • Building relationship between Germany and Qatar for more trade opportunities
  • Strengthening the competition policies to harness the benefits of telecommunications and the digitalization of economic activity
  • Promoting private sector development as the core of national and regional economic diversification efforts
09:20 - 09:40 Keynote - Qatar Free Zones - Diverse solutions to invest in the State of Qatar
  • Enabling businesses to connect to all the opportunities in Qatar’s fast moving economy
  • Offering brand new infrastructure and turnkey site solutions to fit every business requirement
  • Shifting the focus to four key sectors: emerging technologies, logistics, industry and maritime
09:40 - 10:00 Keynote - Qatar’s investment opportunities – An Overview
  • Creating business opportunities for foreign investors to boost the economy
  • Calibrating the risks and benefits while inviting other countries to invest in Qatar
  • Drafting new foreign investment laws to make investing easier in the country
10:00 - 10:20 Keynote – In Focus: Qatar Tourism 2022 & Beyond
  • Introduction of travel trade feature to encourage the Qatar as a global tourist destination
  • Upgrading country infrastructure to accommodate visitor traffic, and provide avenues of entertainment and sightseeing
  • Role of government in driving the growth in travel sector in line with Qatar National Tourism Strategy 2030
  • Major investments and projects in the region to gain tourist and investors’ attention
10:20 – 10:40 Keynote – Emergence of Qatar as the global trading hub of the region
  • Taking the Future by Storm - Improving the transportation infrastructure under Qatar National Vision 2030 to optimize global trade
  • Taking advantage of Qatar’s strategic location to increase foreign and international trade
  • Challenges faced by the country while re-modelling the transportation infrastructure
10:40 - 11:00 Pandemic Trading – Has the global trade gone into reverse? Mitigating the challenges ahead
  • Addressing the challenges associated with decreased global trade during pandemic
  • Re-thinking resilience in global supply chains and increase transparency
11:00 - 11:30 Networking and Coffee Break
  Session 2 - Trading routes
11:30 – 11:50 Setting a course for positive economic growth in the MENA region
  • Generating economic revenue by creating trade diversification in petroleum rich countries
  • Role of Trade in Accelerating Structural Transformation
  • Signing trade agreements and exploring trade opportunities in global trade networks
11:50 – 12:10 Presentation – Smarter Supply Chains – The present & The Future
  • Leading to leaner manufacturing - streamlining the system and preventing waste from excess production
  • Adopting predictive analytics to monitor the condition of all operating equipment in a factory
  • Overcoming the COVID-19 challenges such as transport disruptions by implementing smarter systems into the supply chain
12:10 – 12:30 Presentation – The role of air cargo in facilitating international trade in the region
  • Delivering rapid, reliable and secure transport for advanced industrial products
  • Flourishing Air cargo and international trade with the proliferation of free trade agreements
  • Addressing the challenges associated with disruption of air cargo supply chain caused by strike, conflicts, weather and in today’s time, due to pandemic
12:30 - 12:50 Keynote – Future of trade – Transforming global commerce and global value chains
  • Impact of technologies such as Artificial intelligence and Blockchain in the trade advancement and improving supply chain
  • Modern technology poses modern threats: Implementing domestic policies to mitigate risks
  • Designing a cyber-security framework to defend your enterprise from cyber attacks
12:50 – 13:10 Presentation – Making supply chains resilient for future circumstances impacting the global trading routes
  • Boosting intra-regional air coverage by increasing the frequency of flights
  • Facing the challenges regarding long term issues such as growth in the air cargo traffic
13:10 – 13:50 Panel discussion – Qatar’s international trade policies & regulatory frame work– An Outline
  • Designing the regulatory frameworks for the country to eradicate harmful trade practices
  • Renewing the trade policies to ease up the trade between GCC countries considering the converging relations
13:50 - 14:00 Lucky draw and Closing Remarks by Nispana
14:00 – 16:00 Networking and Lunch Break
AGENDA DAY TWO
08:00 - 08: 50 Registration and Breakfast
08:50 - 09:00 Welcome Remarks by Nispana Global
Session 3 - Technology Impact on Global Trade
09:00 - 09:20 Opening Keynote – Trading Effects of FIFA World Cup
  • Influencing the consumers of host and participant countries to allow each other’s markets
  • Attracting tourism to  start, build, and improve trading networks for businessmen
  • Easier access to policy makers to lobby for lower protection and reduced bureaucracy and procedures because of the World Cup
09:20 - 09:40 Keynote – New technologies bolstering the shipping industry
  • Implementing technologies like Robotics, AI, machine learning, internet of things, blockchain, drones, and augmented reality to create a safer, efficient, and more productive environment
  • Building a leaner and more efficient supply chain by integrating hyperloop technology
  • Improving productivity, and carrying capacity by using Automated Smart Ships
09:40 – 10:00 Keynote – Transformation of the legacy infrastructure into the smart ports
  • Integration of technologies such as Blockchain to build a decentralized system for digital transactions
  • How can automated container handling to improve the efficiency of global supply change
  • How is 3-D printing going to revolutionize the Qatar ports?
10:00 - 10:40 Panel – Woman in Supply Chain – Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
  • Boosting up the involvement of women in supply chain to achieve gender equality
  • Role of technology like AR/VR, AI and Blockchain to disrupt the supply chain
  • Establishing integrated pipeline planning processes to ensure that women reach the top ranks
10:40 – 11:00 Presentation – Smarter Supply Chains – The present & The Future
  • Leading to leaner manufacturing - streamlining the system and preventing waste from excess production
  • Adopting predictive analytics to monitor the condition of all operating equipment in a factory
  • Overcoming the COVID-19 challenges such as transport disruptions by implementing smarter systems into the supply chain
11:00 – 11:30 Networking and Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:10 Panel Discussion – Promoting digitalization and leveraging technology to create a future based trade economy in the Middle East
  • Increase efficiency and opening up new markets by adopting technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain
  • Shortening supply chains and creating greater autonomy between individual countries
  • Minimize the technology threat by keeping policies and cybersecurity practices in place
 
  Session 4 - Qatar Finance Industry Focus
12:10 – 12:30 Keynote –  Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority: Accelerating trade finance for economic diversification
  • Dealing with abnormal cash flows whilst managing counterparty risk and enhancing confidence in commercial transactions
  • Deploying blockchain technology to overcome transactional friction and for improving and reinvigorating the trade finance space
  • Encouraging and supporting innovation in payments services platforms in Qatar for a broader economy
12:30 – 12:50 Raising Investment in the Foreign Countries to Balance the Portfolio
  • Building bilateral trade relations with the world to support economic surge of the country
  • Building domestic resilience and the creation of alternative supply lines to overcome the challenges such as pandemic
12:50 – 13:10 Keynote – Potential of manufacturing in Qatar, fostering growth and innovation
  • Fostering an attractive market for foreign corporations, SMEs and start-ups geared towards innovation solutions
  • Promoting 3D technology to position Qatar as a 3D printing hub
13:10 – 13:30 Keynote – Diversifying Qatar’s economy through increased SME financing
  • Creating fintech hubs and incubation facilities to inspire entrepreneurs.
  • Launch of QE Venture Market (QEVM) to create a secondary market focused on smaller enterprises
  • Policies and regulations by the government to support SME investment in the country
13:30 – 13:50 Industry Presentation – Qatar’s Start up ecosystem- Synergizing for accelerated growth
  • Achieving a self-sustainable economy by nurturing Qatar’s startup ecosystem
  • Impact of pandemic in the growth of technology sector in the country
  • Challenges faced by the government while launching new startups in the country
13:50 - 14:30 Closing Panel Discussion – Asia – Influencing Qatar’s trade surge
  • Bring the economies closer by building relations and restoring travel links to increase trade surge
  • Shortening supply chains and creating greater autonomy between countries
  • Diversification of economic and security relations
 
14:30 - 14:35 Lucky Draw and Prize Distribution & Closing remarks by Nispana
14:35 – 16:00 Networking and Lunch Break

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