Posted on February 28, 2012

In a strong show of support for increased economic development in its key markets, Qtel Group has signed an agreement with the World Economic Forum to champion its upcoming regional meeting taking place in Istanbul, Turkey in June of this year.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO, Qtel Group and witnessed by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman of Qtel, and the Deputy Chairman Ali Shareef Al Emadi.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel Group, signs agreement with Alan Marcus, World Economic Forum, witnessed by Qtel Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

“Mobile communication has the power to quickly and irrevocably change peoples’ lives, and we witnessed this important impact it can have in the events of the Arab World in recent months.  Through our partnership with WEF on this regional meeting, Qtel Group intends to further demonstrate our support for dialogue, communication and the importance of connecting people and nations,” said Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO, Qtel Group.

“We are delighted to welcome such a dynamic company as a Qtel as our newest associate in the telecom industry and regional champion for the World Economic Forum on Europe, Middle East, and North Africa. As the Middle East has become such a dynamic and important region, it is great to have Qtel as a representative of that voice in our telecom community,” said Alan Marcus, Senior Director, Head of Information Technology and Telecommunications, World Economic Forum.

Under the terms of the World Economic Forum agreement, Qtel Group will act as an industry associate for telecommunications and regional champion, contributing to the programming of the regional WEF event in Istanbul in such a way as to underscore how critical mobile communication is to the improvement of the lives of those who live and work in the Middle East, North African and Asian markets in which it operates.

(L to R) Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO of Qtel Qatar; Alan Marcus, World Economic Forum; Qtel Chairman His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani; Deputy Chairman Ali Shareef Al Emadi and Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel Group at the signing ceremony

Mobile communications have enormous potential for connecting people with educational and social development opportunities, and the Qtel Group is working hard to foster these connections. Representatives of Qtel Group will also participate in the Forum´s prestigious annual global forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The Qtel Group has taken on increased global prominence in recent years, with a presence in 17 countries and a strong focus on the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In particular, it has contributed to a number of important CSR and educational initiatives for students and young entrepreneurs. Executives at the Qtel Group aim to raise the profile of this work, and forge new strategic connections, through its agreement with the World Economic Forum.

Through it activities as an international communications company, the Qtel Group aims to enrich people’s lives, with companies in its portfolio showcasing work in the field of m-women services in Iraq (Asiacell), Mobile Money services in Qatar (Qtel) and m-education in Tunisia (Tunisiana) at this year’s Mobile World Congress. 

The World Economic Forum on Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 4-6 June 2012. The WEF agreement was announced at the GSMA-organized Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona, Spain from 27 February to 1 March.