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Premiere US firms meet with Qatari infrastructure leaders

Qatar: Sunday, December 13 - 2009 @ 14:37

The matchmaking program was conceived and designed by the US Embassy’s Commercial Affairs Office, and implemented by the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and the US Qatar Business Council.

Ambassador (Ret.) Patrick Nickolas Theros, President and Executive Director of the US -Qatar Business Council, said:

“We have been very pleased with the feedback we have received from the delegates, which was extremely positive and confirms the high value of such tours. All parties concerned have found the afternoon program very valuable to their partnering interests, and we look forward to seeing what comes of this in the future.”

The National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce organized the one-on-one appointments in Washington, D.C. US companies expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to hold meetings with the Qatari delegates in the US.

The delegation is comprised of directors and senior executives from the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Ashghal (Public Works Authority), Qatar Projects Management, Dohaland, Qatari Diar, and Barwa– the key companies, real estate funds, and government agencies responsible for driving the mega projects that support development of Qatar’s integrated infrastructure.

Dr. Ali Abdulla Ali Al Abdulla, Director General, and Abdul Rahman Surour, Acting Director of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning both, affirmed, “We predict that the number of projects undertaken by Qatar in the past five years will pale in comparison with the number of projects planned for the future. We look forward to receiving more interest from American firms.”

The delegation of Qatari infrastructure leaders is in the United States as part of a week-long tour as Qatar seeks to develop its smart infrastructure system. Qatar is undertaking considerable investment in its transport infrastructure, new urban development, resort development, LEED-Gold projects, high-tech and services in Qatar.

Alongside networking activities, the delegates announced several mega projects in architecture and design, road construction, construction management, resorts, and projects at a special briefing session held at the at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

Organized by the US Embassy’s Commercial Affairs Office, with the support of the US Chamber of Commerce, US-Qatar Business Council, Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the 7-day visit includes roundtable discussions, delegate presentations, high-level consultations with federal government agencies, and business development opportunities in the form of one-on-one sessions.

The delegation moves to Florida on Thursday, where it will conduct similar one-on-one consultations with US build, design, architecture, environmental, and engineering firms, as well as regional transportation planning organizations. Florida, with its similar infrastructure needs, is seen as the perfect model for Qatar to emulate in developing its integrated infrastructure.

The delegation will visit the capital of Florida and meet with the Governor’s office, the Secretary of Transportation, and then spin off to Jacksonville, to meet with the Northeast Florida Transportation Planning Organization. Jacksonville shared a similar population size, topography, and development issues over a 30-year timeframe. The Northeast Florida Transportation Planning Organization is the most transferable concept for Qatar as it is rolling out its Vision 2035.

Each event on the tour is tailored to suit the project needs of the delegation and the business interests of their US counterparts. Broadly, it is an opportunity for the Qatar delegation to learn about the United States’ Smart Infrastructure system, including best practices from industry and government organizations.

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