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Qatar: QFC Spotlights Emerging Market Trends and Sustainable Infrastructure in its Second Forum

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), a prominent onshore financial and business hub has organized the second edition of the Qatar Financial Market Forum, featuring participation from Bloomberg Intelligence. Bloomberg Intelligence provides comprehensive analysis and data sets covering industries, companies, government, credit, litigation, and economic factors.

This year’s event themed “Trends Shaping Emerging Markets and Sustainable Infrastructure & Mobility,” gathered a diverse assembly of leaders and key stakeholders from private companies, government entities, and financial institutions. The focus was on discussing the latest advancements and challenges within emerging markets, particularly in the sustainable infrastructure and mobility sectors.

Ms. Maha Sultan Al-Sowaidi, Assistant Governor, Financial Stability Sector, in her opening remarks stated that: “In recent decades, the merging of new and advanced technologies has brought us a host of opportunities and challenges, significantly influencing our prosperity, economic resilience, lifestyle, and work dynamics. The financial sector is well-positioned to leverage the opportunities and address the risks posed by this technological evolution. Adopting a forward-looking approach, we strive to ensure that the financial sector possesses the necessary resilience, capital, and liquidity to maximize opportunities and mitigate risks effectively.”

In a statement released, Chief Executive Officer of QFC, Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, emphasized the significance of the event with Bloomberg Intelligence to fostering high-level knowledge exchange and meaningful discussions that allow gain insights into evolving economic and industry trends.

“We were thrilled to collaborate with Bloomberg Intelligence once again for the second edition of the Qatar Financial Market Forum. This platform is dedicated to fostering high-level knowledge exchange and meaningful discussions that allow us to gain insights into evolving economic and industry trends, identify opportunities, and address challenges that can impact and shape our future. This year’s theme is particularly noteworthy given the critical importance of understanding the dynamics in emerging markets and sustainable infrastructure and mobility in developing effective strategy and fostering economic growth. As we eagerly anticipate positive outcomes from this forum, expect that the QFC remains committed to providing platforms for insightful dialogues” he said.

Expanding on the informative presentations, the panel discussions explored the dynamics of emerging markets and sustainable development strategies in Qatar. The emphasis was on the country’s ambitious targets outlined in the 3rd National Development Strategy.

Speaking at the event, Edmond Christou, Senior Industry Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, said: “The Gulf region surpasses Europe and leads among emerging markets with a construction pipeline valued at over $1.7 trillion for the next five years, exclusive of energy-related infrastructure. This substantial investment aims to diversify the region’s oil-dependent economy, offering Qatari banks and other Gulf lenders and investors with the unique opportunity to capture strong growth trajectory and mobilise green liquidity”.

The collective insights from the forum highlighted the global relevance of the discussions and underscored their specific implications for Qatar.

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