OBG Event

02 Jun 2009

The Report: Qatar 2009 is launched at the Millennium Hotel Doha on 2nd June 2009. OBG’s report will offer a detailed guide for foreign investors, alongside a wide range of interviews with the most prominent political, economic and business figures, including a viewpoint from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The report also features interviews with Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary-General, Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Andrew Brown, Country Chairman, Qatar Shell.

Marking the culmination of six months of groundbreaking field research by a team of analysts from OBG, it assesses trends and developments in all major sectors of the economy, including energy, industry, finance, banking, tourism, transport and real estate.

The Report: Qatar 2009 has been produced in partnership with Qatar National Bank, OBG’s capital markets partner, Clyde and Co, its legal consultant and accountancy partner, Deloitte.

Oliver Cornock, Oxford Business Group’s Regional Editor, was upbeat about Qatar’s ability to ride the current global economic storm, saying that whilst GDP will undoubtedly slow in light of the world market, Qatari GDP is still likely to be the envy of much of the rest of the world. “Overseeing OBG’s Gulf publications in this current economic climate is extremely interesting,” he said. “Indeed, the region offers an array of positive stories amidst the broader financial gloom.”

He added that Qatar benefited from a combination of enormous natural resource wealth and prudent, progressive government. “The government’s drive toward developing a more diverse economy continues apace and developments in education, health and ICT all bode particularly well for the development of knowledge-based industries and their greater contribution to revenues,” he said.