US-Qatar Business Council

US-Qatar Business Council US-Qatar Business Council The U.S. - Qatar Business Council is a non-profit, private sector organization which provides a forum for discussion of key economic, commercial and other issues of interest to American companies doing or planning to do business in Qatar.
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The Council provides information and sponsors events and programs which provide insight into Qatar and its international and business environment. As the only American organization focused on improving commercial relations with Qatar, the Council plays a leading role in expansion of the bilateral relationship. The Council is a membership-based organization, and its focus lies on providing value-added services to corporate members in the US, Qatar, and around the world.

Mission: The US-Qatar Business Council develops, supports, and advances the bilateral relationship between the United States and the State of Qatar.

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Join us for our upcoming webinar in collaboration with Embassy of the State of Qatar and Silicon Valley Forum:#QatarinFo...
11/12/2020

Join us for our upcoming webinar in collaboration with Embassy of the State of Qatar and Silicon Valley Forum:

#QatarinFocus: Smarter Cities and Thriving Communities in the Digital Age

Featuring Speakers from:
MOTCQATAR
Qatar Financial Centre
Qatar Development Bank
Silicon Valley Forum
US-Qatar Business Council

Register: bit.ly/SMARTQATAR

Qatar's #exports are growing and firms are ready to partner with US companies.Read the coverage in Gulf-Times of USQBC's...
11/04/2020
Qatar’s private sector ‘ready to partner’ with US market, says QDB CEO

Qatar's #exports are growing and firms are ready to partner with US companies.

Read the coverage in Gulf-Times of USQBC's recent event in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank moderated by Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC.

Read the article: bit.ly/QExport

View the full discussion: http://bit.ly/QExports

#USQatarBusiness

Qatar’s “young and growing” private sector is all set to collaborate and share experiences with the US market, following the country’s successful diversification and growth across all sectors

11/02/2020
لوسيل - Lusail

Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC, was featured as a guest speaker for the virtual event "American Elections: Impact on the Middle East Region" hosted by لوسيل - Lusail News.

Listen to his thoughts on US policy, trade, and economic relationship with the Middle East and how it will be affected by the upcoming US election:

محمد بركات - المدير التنفيذي لمجلس الأعمال الأمريكي-القطري : العلاقات الاقتصادية مع الخليج تتوقف على نتائج الانتخابات الامريكية

Mohammed H. Barakat
US-Qatar Business Councilr

10/29/2020
Qatar's Growing Exports: Sourcing Opportunities for US Buyers

USQBC was pleased to partner with Qatar Development Bank to host the virtual event "Qatar's Growing Exports: Sourcing Opportunities for US Buyers".

The discussion, moderated by Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC, focused on Qatar’s growing role as a partner of choice for US businesses looking to diversify their supply chains of high-quality, value-added products.

Thereafter, attendees were introduced to QDB’s easy and efficient b2match business matchmaking platform to help match interested US buyers to their Qatari counterparts.

“The Council’s Doha office is in full force.” - Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC Read the Gulf-Times ...
10/26/2020

“The Council’s Doha office is in full force.”

- Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC

Read the Gulf-Times article about how USQBC’s Doha office is supporting Qatari organizations seeking to invest in the US:

https://m.gulf-times.com/Story/676105

#USQatarBusiness

"[Qatar] has the ability and strength to boost its economy. To be part of a moving and powerful economy is usually what ...
10/19/2020

"[Qatar] has the ability and strength to boost its economy. To be part of a moving and powerful economy is usually what investors are looking for."

- Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC

Read the full interview with Gulf-Times: https://www.gulf-times.com/story/675552

USQBC invites you to our upcoming #B2B #matchmaking event in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank “Qatar’s Growing ...
10/15/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Qatar's Growing Exports: Sourcing Opportunities for US Buyers. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

USQBC invites you to our upcoming #B2B #matchmaking event in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank “Qatar’s Growing Exports: Sourcing Opportunities for US Buyers” moderated by Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC.

Register: https://bit.ly/USQBCMatchmake

Qatar has long been a reliable trading partner of the US with the economic relationship between the two countries accounting for more than $200 billion. In 2019 alone, there was over $9.4 billion in trade, a growth of over 100% since 2017. With Qatar's rapid economic diversification and industrializ...

USQBC was pleased to co-host with Invest Qatar the virtual event "Qatar's Value Proposition & Resiliency: Why Qatar Rema...
10/07/2020

USQBC was pleased to co-host with Invest Qatar the virtual event "Qatar's Value Proposition & Resiliency: Why Qatar Remains a Primary Investment Destination for US Companies".

The event featured keynote speakers Ambassador Greta Holtz, Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Qatar; and Sheikh Ali Alwaleed Al-Thani, CEO of Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar).

Speakers also included:

- Mr. Fahad Al-Dosari, Qatar's Commercial Attaché to the US
- Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director of USQBC
- Mr. Aymen Adam Mohib, Director of Strategy for Invest Qatar
- Mr. Josh McLaughlin, General Manager of Palantir Technologies Qatar
- Mr. Jay Bickett, Vice President of Chevron Phillips Chemical

USQBC looks forward to its upcoming webinar with Invest Qatar featuring Sheikh Ali Alwaleed Al-Thani, CEO of IPA Qatar; ...
10/01/2020

USQBC looks forward to its upcoming webinar with Invest Qatar featuring Sheikh Ali Alwaleed Al-Thani, CEO of IPA Qatar; and Ambassador Greta Holtz, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Qatar. The event will be moderated by USQBC Managing Director Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat.

Register: https://bit.ly/USQBCIPAQ

10/01/2020
The US-Qatar Business Relationship

#USQatarBusiness is booming. The #US is #Qatar’s #1 investor and has 850+ companies in the country. Qatar has already invested $35 Billion in the US with an additional $10 Billion planned for 2021.

Learn more from USQBC Managing Director Mr. Mohammed H. Barakat.

Visit us at www.usqbc.org

USQBC thanks ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Excelerate Energy for their sponsorship of our upcoming print publication "...
09/25/2020

USQBC thanks ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Excelerate Energy for their sponsorship of our upcoming print publication "Business Opportunity Report: Qatar's Energy Sector" which includes key information for American companies interested in taking advantage of the #business #opportunities in #Qatar.

USQBC was pleased to host the 3rd Annual Business Forum on the sidelines of U.S.-Qatar #Strategic #Dialogue to discuss t...
09/15/2020

USQBC was pleased to host the 3rd Annual Business Forum on the sidelines of U.S.-Qatar #Strategic #Dialogue to discuss the strengthening of the two countries’ commercial relationship which already accounts for $200 billion in economic value.

Guests of honor included Minister HE Mr. Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, of وزارة التجارة والصناعة Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Qatar and Honorable Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

President Anne Patterson delivered introductory remarks and USQBC Managing Director Mohammed H. Barakat moderated the discussion.

The event also featured remarks from Mr. Tom Donohue, CEO of U.S. Chamber of Commerce; HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber - غرفة قطر; and HE Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani on behalf of Qatari Businessmen Association Chairman, HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani.

Thank you to our panelists, our co-host U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to all those who attended.

On the world’s first-ever United Nations International Day of Clean Air, “Qatar’s National Solarized FinTech Strategy” o...
09/09/2020
Qatar’s national solarized fintech strategy (pv magazine - 20200826)

On the world’s first-ever United Nations International Day of Clean Air, “Qatar’s National Solarized FinTech Strategy” originally published in pv magazine was also published in the Sustainability Hub of the world’s first-ever climate change museum, CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change.

We’re very proud of the progress that has been made in Qatar’s FinTech by our partners Qatar Development Bank and Qatar Financial Centre. Also sharing his thoughts within the article is USQBC’s Managing Director, Mohammed H. Barakat.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/QatarFinTechClimate

Click here to read full article

There are many new developments in Qatar’s #FinTech ecosystem and these will facilitate #investment from the U.S. Read m...
08/24/2020
Qatar’s National Solarized Fintech Strategy Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

There are many new developments in Qatar’s #FinTech ecosystem and these will facilitate #investment from the U.S.

Read more about the initiatives of Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Financial Centre, and the thoughts from USQBC Managing Director, Mohammed H. Barakat.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/qatars-national-solarized-fintech-strategy-amid-covid-19-pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic might help to further Qatar’s national strategy in the fintech and blockchain spaces to reduce the crisis’s impact

Through USQBC’s proprietary commercial certification data, we learned that #food, #cars, and #security goods were some o...
08/20/2020

Through USQBC’s proprietary commercial certification data, we learned that #food, #cars, and #security goods were some of the top products directly shipped from the US to Qatar in Q1 2020.

Learn more about our authentication and certification services: https://bit.ly/320fo5m

USQBC released the report “Business Opportunity Report: Qatar’s Energy Sector” to facilitate #USQatarBusiness. The repor...
08/10/2020

USQBC released the report “Business Opportunity Report: Qatar’s Energy Sector” to facilitate #USQatarBusiness. The report contains essential information for American companies interested in doing business in Qatar’s #energy sector.

The report includes remarks from HE Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum; in addition to an overview of past and current projects from key American partners like ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Excelerate Energy, Bechtel Corporation, Zachry Group, and McDermott International, Ltd.

Download now: https://bit.ly/2PIaMeu

USQBC is proud to announce it has signed an MoU with @GUQatar to develop a collaborative partnership to promote mutually...
08/09/2020

USQBC is proud to announce it has signed an MoU with @GUQatar to develop a collaborative partnership to promote mutually beneficial #education and #research opportunities.

The MoU was signed by Sheikha Mayes bint Hamad Al-Thani, Managing Director of USQBC’s Qatar office and Dr. Ahmad Dallal, Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar.

Under the MoU, both institutions will work together to explore meaningful ways to collaborate on a broad range of initiatives. These include cooperation in the fields of social science and economic research; organization of joint specialized conferences, seminars, and workshops; strategic engagement with leading figures in academia, government and industry; and the opportunity for professional development through internships designed to support career goals of GU-Q’s international affairs students.

To read more about this agreement click here: https://bit.ly/33AeuyX

Qatar’s women are playing a leading role in the country’s transition to a #knowledge based economy. As the #USQatar econ...
08/03/2020

Qatar’s women are playing a leading role in the country’s transition to a #knowledge based economy. As the #USQatar economic partnership develops, women will play a critical role in the labor force just as they do in the US.

To all of our friends and partners, USQBC would like to wish you Eid Mubarak.
07/29/2020

To all of our friends and partners, USQBC would like to wish you Eid Mubarak.

07/28/2020
US-Qatar Business Relationship

The U.S. and Qatar are key business partners representing more than $185 billion in trade and investment. Both countries are committed to enhancing this relationship and USQBC stands ready to assist investors interested in growing their business between these attractive markets.

The U.S. is heavily invested in Qatar’s education system in the country’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. Unive...
07/24/2020

The U.S. is heavily invested in Qatar’s education system in the country’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. Universities like Texas A&M University at Qatar are producing skilled graduates that are critical to supporting investments requiring engineers and other STEM specialists.

The U.S. has been a key partner in Qatar’s growth to become the #1 LNG exporter in the world. Now Qatar is partnering wi...
07/20/2020

The U.S. has been a key partner in Qatar’s growth to become the #1 LNG exporter in the world. Now Qatar is partnering with the U.S. to ramp up LNG export out of Texas with $10 billion invested in the Golden Pass LNG Terminal in partnership with ExxonMobil. That’s #USQatarBusiness.

07/15/2020
Membership & Client Engagement

#USQatarBusiness is booming. Becoming a member of the US-Qatar Business Council is your gateway to events, connections, and advisory services to advance your business #goals. Hear more about becoming from our Managing Director, Mohammed H. Barakat.

The ambitious targets set out by Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment's (وزارة البلدية والبيئة) National Foo...
07/08/2020

The ambitious targets set out by Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment's (وزارة البلدية والبيئة) National Food Security Program have created many opportunities for #USQatarBusiness and investment in Qatar’s agriculture, food manufacturing, water desalination, and renewable energy fields.

Qatar and the U.S. are global leaders in FinTech and are expanding their collaboration. Qatar Financial Centre and Qatar...
06/30/2020

Qatar and the U.S. are global leaders in FinTech and are expanding their collaboration. Qatar Financial Centre and Qatar FinTech Hub are ready to host U.S. FinTech investors and serve as their gateway to the Middle East and surrounding markets.

Today, USQBC released the report “An Introductory Business Guide on Qatar” to facilitate #USQatarBusiness. The report co...
06/29/2020

Today, USQBC released the report “An Introductory Business Guide on Qatar” to facilitate #USQatarBusiness. The report contains essential information to foreign investors unfamiliar with Qatar’s business market and economy. Download now: https://bit.ly/2BkOfAX

Yesterday, the US-Qatar Business Council, in coordination with the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington D.C. and ...
06/24/2020

Yesterday, the US-Qatar Business Council, in coordination with the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington D.C. and FinTEx, hosted the event “Qatar’s Growing FinTech Sector & Business Opportunities.”

Distinguished panelists included:

- HE Nasser Ibrahim Allenqawi, Consul General in New York, State of Qatar; Embassy of the State of Qatar;

- Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO, Qatar Financial Centre;

- Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Khalifa, CEO, Qatar Development Bank;

- Amy Nauiokas, Founder & CEO, Anthemis Group;

- Randy Rivera, Executive Director, FinTEx

- Mohammed H. Barakat, Managing Director, US-Qatar Business Council.

The virtual panel discussion provided an overview of the #USQatarFintech commercial relationship, including the regulatory environment, government initiatives, and business opportunities to support the sector's development.

Please visit here for the full recording: https://bit.ly/3823aMr

Thank you to all of our panelists and those who attended!

Join Managing Director of USQBC Mohammed H. Barakat and speakers from Embassy of the State of Qatar, Qatar Financial Cen...
06/19/2020

Join Managing Director of USQBC Mohammed H. Barakat and speakers from Embassy of the State of Qatar, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Development Bank, FinTEx, and Anthemis Group for our upcoming virtual panel discussion on #USQatarFinTech.

To register, click here: https://bit.ly/3eTPKV4

Today, USQBC, in collaboration with USQBC member DLA Piper, hosted the event "Beyond the Curve: Returning to Work in Qat...
06/09/2020

Today, USQBC, in collaboration with USQBC member DLA Piper, hosted the event "Beyond the Curve: Returning to Work in Qatar". The virtual panel discussion focused on considerations for safely re-opening workplaces in Qatar.

Distinguished panelists included: Joseph Guarino, Partner at DLA Piper; Dana Al-Noaimi, Deputy General Counsel at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Road to 2022; Mark Proudley, Director at Cushman & Wakefield Qatar; Dr. Mohammed El Akkad, Vice Chairman of Surgery Department and Head of General Surgery at Hamad Medical Corporation; and Sultan Al-Abdulla, Managing Partner at Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners.

Thank you to all of our panelists and those who attended!

USQBC hosted a virtual briefing “The Path Forward for Qatar’s Energy Sector” featuring HE Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qat...
05/29/2020

USQBC hosted a virtual briefing “The Path Forward for Qatar’s Energy Sector” featuring HE Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum. During the briefing, HE the Minister discussed US-Qatar energy relations, QP’s future LNG production levels, international expansion plans, the rise of women engineers in QP, and the future of #USQatarBusiness.

Eid Mubarak from the US-Qatar Business Council!
05/23/2020

Eid Mubarak from the US-Qatar Business Council!

Yesterday, USQBC hosted a virtual briefing “The Path Forward for Qatar’s Energy Sector” featuring HE Mr. Saad Sherida Al...
05/22/2020

Yesterday, USQBC hosted a virtual briefing “The Path Forward for Qatar’s Energy Sector” featuring HE Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum. During the briefing, HE the Minister discussed US-Qatar energy relations, QP’s future LNG production levels, international expansion plans, the rise of women engineers in QP, and the future of #USQatarBusiness.

Opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Anne Patterson, USQBC President, and the discussion was moderated by Mohammed H. Barakat, USQBC Managing Director.

The event was attended by nearly 100 senior-level public and private sector officials as well as international media including The New York Times, Bloomberg, S&P Global Platts, Financial Times, and Reuters.

Yesterday, USQBC hosted HE Eng. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment وزار...
05/20/2020

Yesterday, USQBC hosted HE Eng. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment وزارة البلدية والبيئة for the webinar “Qatar’s Vision or Sustainable Food Security" moderated by USQBC Managing Director Mohammed H. Barakat. HE the Minister discussed Qatar’s current food security situation, #QatarEnvironment initiatives, and opportunities for #USQatarBusiness. Thank you to all those who attended!

While Qatar’s #economy is expected to shrink this year due to #Covid19, the International Monetary Fund expects the coun...
05/13/2020

While Qatar’s #economy is expected to shrink this year due to #Covid19, the International Monetary Fund expects the country will have a huge bounceback in both oil and non-oil GDP in 2021. Read more about the IMF’s assessment with Bloomberg: https://bloom.bg/2YRBd7m

USQBC Member, LuLu Group International, has contributed a total of $4 million since 2017 to Education Above All Foundati...
05/12/2020

USQBC Member, LuLu Group International, has contributed a total of $4 million since 2017 to Education Above All Foundation to support its mission and improve access to education to marginalized youth. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3boO6Z6

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