The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world's leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres, took part in the Qatar-German Business and Investment Forum which was held on 6-7 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Keynote speakers for this year's edition include the Amir of the State of Qatar H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Governing Mayor of Berlin, Germany Michael Mueller.
Organised annually by the Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) in cooperation with a variety of major economic capitals around the world, previous editions have been held in both Paris and New York.
This year's edition focused on the financial sector and economic security, investing in Germany, industrial development as a key to diversification in Doha and Berlin, as well as the intersection of education, tourism, and sports on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
As part of the forum, the QFC CEO Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida highlighted the strong economic relationship that exists between Qatar and Germany during a panel discussion, entitled Financial Sector: a solid line of defence for economic security and project financing. The panel also comprised a line-up of highly esteemed speakers including Qatar's Minister of Finance H.E. Ali Shareef Al Emadi; Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing, Qatar Investment Authority CEO H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saoud Al Thani, and CEO of Qatar National Bank Ali Al-Kuwari.
Qatar's extensive trade relations with Germany amounted to US$2.2 billion in 2017, with 7.5% of Qatar's total imports originating from Germany, making it Doha's 12-largest trading partner. Qatar has also invested US$25 billion in vital projects in numerous sectors across Germany, while there are currently 300 German firms operating in Qatar – a testament to the strength of the long-term, bilateral economic relationship between the two countries.