Posted on October 16, 2016

The American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar (AmCham Qatar), hosted Mr. Irial Finan, President of the Bottling Investments Group and Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company, at the Distinguished Speaker Series event on October 11 in Doha. The event, part of AmCham’s commitment to bringing local and American businesses together, saw Mr. Finan present a lecture titled “Creating long-term value and relevance in a global environment.”

“The Coca-Cola Company has been on a journey to transform our business and we’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way.  Our engagement with the American Chamber focused on how we’ve returned to our core value creation model of building strong brands, enhancing value for our retail customers.  We think there are many parallels for other business to learn from our experiences,” said Mr. Finan. Mr. Finan’s presentation discussed the impact of globalization on companies’ international operations and the importance of addressing local interests in creating long-term value.

The U.S. and Qatar have strong economic ties rooted in years of positive cooperation, with over 120 American companies now operating in Qatar and U.S. being the largest foreign investor and source of imports to the country. Despite the drop in energy prices in recent years, the value of bilateral trade reached over QR18.20bn ($5bn) in 2015 and has already nearly surpassed that amount during the first half of 2016 (QR15.58bn; $4.28bn). “The positive relationship between the U.S. and Qatar continues to facilitate dynamic business ties, while Qatar’s leadership is taking great strides to position the country as a hub for the region. We commend the effort to build a fertile environment for foreign investment in the country and are excited to see iconic American brands like Coca-Cola take advantage of that,” said AmCham Qatar Chairman Robert A. Hager.

AmCham Qatar is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering mutual cooperation and understanding between Qatar and the U.S. through trade, commerce and investment. As such, it hosts monthly events open to all members of the business community, providing a key forum for American, domestic and international businesses to pursue common commercial interests and build relationships in Qatar. AmCham Qatar’s fall 2016 calendar of events will offer the residents of Qatar a closer look at the U.S. election with the return of the popular ‘Presidential Predictions Forum: Media, Politics and Campaign 2016’ on October 19th. The panel of international media experts will take on this year’s heated election cycle in a debate-style discussion. 

It will be moderated by Everette E Dennis, Dean and CEO, Northwestern University Qatar, and will include Clyde Wilcox, Professor of Political Science at Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar; Jocelyn Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, NU-Q; and Yasir Khan, Producer and Documentary Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English. Coverage of live election results will also be live-streamed at the Champions restaurant in the Marriot Marquis on the morning of November 9th.