Posted on October 28, 2015

Qatar’s prospects for delivering growth during a period of international economic turbulence will be under review in a special session at The Euromoney Qatar Conference 2015, set to run from 9-10 December 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. The session, “Qatar’s Strategy in a Changing World,” will include experts from Qatar National Bank, US Department of the Treasury and the IE Business School, and will examine the potential impact of global trends such as volatility in China and on-going austerity in the Eurozone on Qatar’s long-term plans for development.

Qatar saw 4.8% growth in Q2 2015, driven in particular by major projects that have boosted investment spending and population growth. However, on-going uncertainty about the wider global economy may result in a slowdown on some major projects. Despite the strategic push to diversify the economy, hydrocarbon revenue still accounted for nearly half of GDP in 2014, and a significant share of government’s revenue and exports, so lower prices in 2015 will have an impact.

Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, The Euromoney Qatar Conference 2015 will host international banking leaders and senior government figures from Qatar who will discuss the changing global paradigm and how it will affect Qatar and other countries in the GCC. H.E. Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Finance Minister of the State of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank and H.E. Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Minister of Information and Communications Technology will deliver speeches on the opening day of the event.

Other key speakers include Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President of the International Finance Corporation, and Sir John Scarlett, Former Head of MI6. Other sessions at the event will examine the role of technology in finance, the changing direction of the global energy market and new rules and regulations relating to the financial sector. More than 600 senior finance and banking executives are expected to attend this year’s Conference. For more information on The Euromoney Qatar Conference or to register, visit