From June 20 to 22, the second “Qatar Economic Forum” (QEF) is being held. Another prestigious event in the Qatari palette. Beyond one more mediation platform on the international scene, Qatar seeks to organize forums capable of influencing major global decisions. This was already the case for at least two of them: the Doha Forum, which each year welcomes thousands of participants, including many leaders from around the world; Wise, the World International Summit on Education, which in a short space of time has become the world’s leading exhibition on education.
Many of these spaces for exchange are also, offline, places of negotiations, negotiations, bilateral relations at a time when multilateralism is being undermined and when the major international organizations such as the United Nations are no longer able to fully assume their role and have continued to lose authority and credibility.
Dynamic soft power
Doha is used to high masses: in twenty years, more than 450 international sports tournaments and cultural events have been organized, as will be the case for the 2022 World Cup, the first in history in an Arab country, which will start next November. Qatar has been propelled into the limelight thanks to its cultural diplomacy and extremely dynamic soft power.
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The Qatar Economic Forum is in the same vein: at a time when economic challenges are multiplying, and in a context of war which is increasing global pressure, it is necessary to be able to offer interaction platforms which allow the various international players To meet. The Davos Forum has emulated the Crans Montana Forum, and now the QEF.
Media City CEO Ali bin Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, also chairman of the Supreme Committee which organizes the QEF, said Qatar is ready to welcome leaders, decision makers, business leaders and representatives from all over the world. for this event led by the American channel Bloomberg.
Benefiting from a strategic location that connects it to Asia, Africa and the rest of the world, Qatar has all the assets to promote such a forum. An important diplomatic hub, it is also a leader in the field of LNG (liquid natural gas) and plays a major role at a time when the Russian invasion of Ukraine is pushing European leaders to review their dependence on gas delivered by Moscow.
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QEF participants will share their expertise on various topics in the field of management and will debate various topics such as women’s leadership in business, the future of energy, sustainable development, digital transformation as well as global finance trends. Despite the pandemic, last year’s edition attracted 600 remote speakers. The forum, which was held via video conference, was attended by 11 state leaders, as well as senior government officials, international organizations, businesses and experts from more than 120 countries.
Bridging the gap between East and West
Regarding the objectives of the second edition of the forum, Al Thani said: “We look forward, through the dialogue that will bring together global experts and key decision-makers, to discuss solutions to a number of the most pressing global economic challenges, ranging from sustainability to the global supply chain crisis and the future of fintech. Therefore, governments and businesses must act together more than ever to solve the global economic recovery equation and reduce the growing gap between East and West. We hope that the Qatar Economic Forum, in cooperation with Bloomberg, will be a major platform to achieve this. »