QDB, Qatar Shell to empower SMEs

April 14, 2014 - 12:52:39 am

DOHA: Qatar Shell through its partnership with Qatar Petroleum in Pearl GTL, and in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank (QDB), will reveal seven new supply chain opportunities at the upcoming ‘SME Business Opportunity Workshop’ scheduled on April 16 at Al Sharq Village & Spa.

QDB and Qatar Shell have partnered to allow Qatari enterprises to tender to become the supplier of choice for Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas to liquids plant delivered by Qatar Petroleum and Shell. The event will also shed light on Shell’s tender process and QDB’s advisory and financial role. 

Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, CEO, QDB, said: “We believe that SMEs are the cornerstone of Qatar’s economy as part of Qatar National Vision 2030. At QDB we remain committed to accelerating the growth of a thriving private sector to diversify the national economy. Therefore, through our support of these new SME business opportunities, offered by Qatar Shell to the local market, we continue to develop domestic enterprise in-line with our mandate to elevate the Qatari private sector to a world-class standard.”

“Through these opportunities, we provide the Qatari private sector with access to funding and advisory support, while achieving multiple win-win objectives: SMEs will win new business and achieve high performance levels, and Qatar Shell, through localising its supply chain, will directly oversee the quality and performance of the awarded SMEs.” 

Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, said: “As a partner of Qatar Petroleum in helping monetise Qatar’s gas resources, we, at Qatar Shell share QP’s passionate commitment to small and medium enterprises and local content development.” 

The business opportunities to be revealed at the workshop include the manufacture of large open-head steel drums; the manufacture of low voltage cables; the manufacture of electrical cable trays; the maintenance, repair and recertification of ATEX two-way radios; the maintenance and servicing of offshore diesel generator sets; the servicing of custody flow metres; and the supply of welding inspectors for onsite technical support. 

The Peninsula