The Organizing Committee of the "Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition" has signed a partnership agreement with Qatar Development Bank to promote and support entrepreneurship throughout the duration of this six-month-long global event.
The official signing ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Ali Al-Khoury, Secretary General of Expo, and Mr. Abdulrahman Hesham Al-Sowaidi, CEO of Qatar Development Bank, as part of the organizing committee’s broader commitment to instilling a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the Global Horticultural Exhibition.
Under the agreement, Qatar Development Bank will serve as a collaborative partner in organizing events and activities dedicated to fostering innovation within agriculture and sustainability and support for entrepreneurs. Additionally, QDB will host activities geared towards educating young entrepreneurs about sustainable development and financial awareness.
Within Qatar Development Bank’s activities planned, a series of educational activations will cater to the youth and the general visitors alike. Aligning with the theme of “Innovation and Sustainability”. Moreover, the bank’s flagship “ROWAD” entrepreneurship conference, hackathon and awards now in its ninth edition will also draw thousands of visitors from across the GCC and the wider region, highlighting the importance of technological advancements and promoting environmentally friendly initiatives.
In keeping with its strategic commitment to offer comprehensive support to entrepreneurs and foster innovation across key sectors, Qatar Development Bank will extend its support to the global exhibition to achieve Qatar National Visio 2030. Mr. Mohamed Ali Al-Khoury, Secretary General of Expo 2023 Doha, said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Qatar Development Bank, the country’s first supporter of creative ideas and entrepreneurial efforts, in the context of Expo’s keenness to support pioneering efforts in the field of sustainability as well as support innovation in the field of modern agriculture.” .
He added, "There is no doubt that our cooperation will provide valuable opportunities for Qatari and foreign entrepreneurs participating in the Expo, and consolidate the event's commitment to enhancing the country's attractiveness as a global destination for creative ideas and sustainable initiatives."
He continued, "We look forward to organizing an event that will be a legacy in achieving sustainability and promoting creative ideas, and that it will set a benchmark for similar events in the future."
In his remarks, Mr. Abdulrahman Hesham Al-Sowaidi, CEO of Qatar Development Bank, expressed: “We are pleased to partner with the organizing committee of Expo Doha 2023, which will contribute to the development of our business landscape and the economy at large. As the development partner of the largest exhibition in Qatar, we look forward to achieving our goals of promoting a culture of entrepreneurship and contributing to innovative and sustainable ventures across various industries.”
This year, the exhibition’s theme falls in line with QDB’s initiatives to foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem, Mr. Al-Sowaidi added.
“We seek, along with our partners in Qatar and abroad, to create a vibrant environment that fosters innovation and creativity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We will hold our most prominent events such as the Rowad Conference, Award and Hackathon within the framework of the exhibition to demonstrate our active contribution to promoting economic diversification and a sustainable knowledge-based economy.”
It is worth noting that Expo 2023 Doha will be held under the slogan "Green Desert, Better Environment", and aims to unite the efforts of countries, organizations, and individuals around the world to reach innovative environmental and agricultural solutions in the State of Qatar and the world.