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Minister of Economy and Commerce inaugurates CSR Qatar 2015 Forum, renews support for private sector

           Doha, Qatar, November 24, 2015 Qatar’s Minister of Economy and Commerce HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani inaugurated on Tuesday the annual corporate social responsibility forum ‘CSR Qatar,’ which is being held in Doha for the third consecutive year.
The two-day forum dubbed “Transforming CSR to Support a Socially Responsible and Sustainable Economy,” brought together CSR experts, corporate executives and government officials along with representatives of non-governmental organizations and universities from across Qatar.
      The forum, which aims to familiarize companies with the latest global trends in terms of CSR concepts, will contribute to the promotion of socially responsible business practices in Qatar, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said in his opening speech.
He added that the ministry’s decision to sponsor the forum reflects its commitment to developing the business sector and providing companies the opportunity to become key partners in the development of a strong domestic economy in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
       The incorporation of CSR strategies into the daily operations of companies and their activities  in Qatar will lead to tangible positive results within the Qatar society and will have a positive impact on the private sector practices, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said.
The Minister stressed that Qatar is keen on promoting CSR activities and bolstering sustainable development efforts; efforts that have contributed a great deal to the economic development of the nation  under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.
      Qatar has made significant progress in terms of diversifying its economy and boosting the private sector’s competitiveness, Sheikh Ahmed added, noting that the contribution of the non-hydrocarbon to GDP has risen by about 11%, a trend that is forecast to continue in 2016.
      HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said the government will pursue efforts to further bolster the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development through the ratification of new laws such as the commercial companies’ law.
The law streamlines companies’ incorporation procedures and provides integrated investment solutions for businessmen and investors, Sheikh Ahmed explained.
      HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani highlighted that the government is also working on the development of logistics areas, south of Qatar. The logistics zones represent one of the largest economic projects currently under development in Qatar, he said.
HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani added that the ministry has also expanded its service offerings to support investors and businessmen through the launch of a basket of smart electronic services.
      The new service offerings reflects the ministry’s commitment to providing quality and added value services to the business community in Qatar with the aim of bolstering the country’s investment friendly environment and encouraging the private sector to further contribute to sustainable development efforts.
      The forum, which will include several workshops on a number of CSR-related topics such as sustainable development, labor rights and social responsibility in the field of sports, will feature the distribution of awards to companies, who have incorporated CSR strategies into their business operations.

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