Posted on March 29, 2017

Commercial Bank, Qatar’s first private bank, has participated at the “Qatar – UK Business and Investment Forum” held in London in the Grosvenor House Hotel, with CEO Joseph Abraham delivering a speech on potential partnership opportunities for the private sector.

Held under the patronage of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Forum was organised by the Permanent Committee for Organising Conferences at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Qatari Businessmen Association, in cooperation with the Qatar Chamber and the Arab British Chamber of Commerce. Attended by HE the Prime Minister, top VIPs, senior government representatives and businessmen from Qatar and the UK, the Forum was organised to connect the Qatari business and government community with their counterparts in the UK.

Commercial Bank CEO Joseph Abraham spoke to the audience about the tremendous opportunities for the private sector against a backdrop of healthy economic growth under the visionary leadership of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and government policies creating a business-friendly environment.

Mr. Abraham stated that the scale of the government’s ambition and the scope of the National Vision 2030 meant that partnership opportunities went far beyond constructing World Cup stadiums and related infrastructure, to also include sectors such as tourism, health, education and communications. Mr. Abraham concluded to say that Commercial Bank’s strong domestic network and franchises in all areas of banking has supported numerous multi-national and joint venture companies in Qatar to support a healthy and diversified Qatari private sector in line with the National Vision 2030.

The Business and Investment Forum is the premier economic promotion event organised by the State of Qatar abroad. The UK was selected as the Forum venue this year as the country is one of Qatar's largest commercial partners. Qatar holds substantial foreign investments in the UK totaling over £30 billion,including Canary Wharf, The Shard, HSBC Bank Tower and Harrods.