Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting

Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting, GOIC, was established in 1976 by the member states of GCC to become the main catalyst and knowledge-hub for industrial investment and development in the region. GOIC is based in Qatar, and operates consultancy services in all GCC member states. Besides the consultancy services on investment opportunities and industrial reviews, GOIC is maintaining a unique industrial database and is fully engaged in the capacity building activities in the GCC member states’ industry by organizing trainings, seminars, capacity development activities and the annual GCC-EU Industrial Forum and the bi-annual GCC Industrialists’ Conference.

Since its inception, the organization’s advisory role was fundamental in the industrial development of the region. The organization played an influential part in identifying and introducing new industries to the region as well as determining synergies for the existing ones. GOIC has grown to be the unrivalled source of market intelligence and knowledge of the industrial environment within the GCC, and the advisory institution by excellence for GCC governments, chambers of industry, private investors and financiers across the GCC region.




Ministry for Energy & Industry

                          Industrial development play a key role in adoption and assimilation of modern technologies for the welfare and national pride of our country.
Qatar has, ever since the sixties carefully prepared and successfully executed it ambitious plans for the development of the industry.

Under the wide leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Heir Apparent, record achievements have been made in an astonishingly accelerated pace.

Oil revenues have been optimally employed in the laying out of solid foundations for the development of oil and gas and other basic industries as modern infrastructures capable of servicing national industries and future challenges.
Motivated by market driven economy, the State of Qatar assigns pivotal role to the private sector in the overall development process. To this end, the State provides a string of generous incentives aimed at encouraging active and effective participation of the private sector. New laws and regulations establishing a single point authority for the award of licenses and incentives were affected in endeavor to avoid the once lengthy, time-consuming procedures and provide better investment climate for local and foreign investors.

The political stability and the excellent economic performances of the State have increased the inflow of foreign direct investments into the national economy. A glimpse of foreign component in the investment capital of existing and upcoming industries provides evidence to the credibility and transparency of the Qatar economy at the regional and international levels.
With the timely and efficient execution of massive projects based in the north Gas Field, the State of Qatar will further consolidate its economic positions and emerge as a reliable long term supplier of clean energy and new fuels and petrochemicals to the world at large.

Ministry of Business and Trade in the State of Qatar

The Ministry of Business and Trade in the State of Qatar attaches special significance and speeds up its efforts to activate the economic activities in all sectors, laying down foundations for economic freedom, fair, transparent competitive capability and economic openness and enhancing international cooperation.

The Ministry is constantly keen to provide a proper investment climate and solid base for attracting local and foreign capitals without any restrictions, to win the trust of investors in Qatar’s economy.

The Ministry also seeks to encourage the Qatari private sector and extends its efforts to remove obstacles facing this sector by conducting feasibility studies and facilitating the procedures of exporting local products and company registration, enhancing financing market, developing insurance services and protecting intellectual property rights, trademarks and patent of innovation.
It also develops schedule for participation in international exhibitions to help promote Qatari products and strengthen economic relations between the State of Qatar and other countries.

The Ministry also prepares internal trade-related laws and legislations, supervises the commercial and economic professions in the country and sign regional and international economic and commercial agreements with other countries as well as economic cooperation agreements.



The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)

GCC Member States are the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar and the State of Kuwait. The Cooperation Council was established on May 25th 1981, which was based in the city of Riyadh.

Objectives of the Cooperation Council are to effect coordination, integration and interconnection between Member States in all areas in order to achieve unity between them, deepen and strengthen links and areas of cooperation between their peoples, and to formulate similar regulations and stimulate scientific and technological progress in the fields of industry, mining, agriculture, water and animal resources; and to establish joint ventures and encourage cooperation by private sector.

The organizational structure of the Cooperation Council consists of the Supreme Council, the Consultative Commission, the Ministerial Council, the Dispute Settlement Commission and the Secretariat-General.

The Unified Economic Agreement between Member States was signed in 1981, which was later updated and revised in 2001. Member States have agreed on taking several steps in order to achieve integration between them. A Free Trade Area was established in 1983, followed by the Customs Union in January 2003, then the GCC Common Market that was launched in January 1st 2008. In December 2008, the Supreme Council adopted the agreement establishing the Monetary Union and the by-law of the Monetary Council leading to the subsequent setting up of the Monetary Union and introducing the GCC Single Currency.


Federation of the Gulf Cooperation Council Chambers (FGCCC)

The idea of establishing a federation to comprise the chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture in the Gulf Arab states which share similar economic conditions, flourished from a growing sense of the need to affirm the ties of brotherhood, unity of purpose and destiny and the need to support the steps taken to achieve economic cooperation between the Gulf states.
The preliminary meetings and communication between the chambers of commerce, industry, agriculture, and their federations in the Gulf Arab states led to the holding of the first economic development conference of the Arabian Gulf chambers in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during 16 to 20 October 1976 to discuss ways of economic cooperation in all fields between the citizens of the Arabian Gulf states and the role that the private sector can play in this regard. This conference was attended by the federations and chambers of commerce and industry in the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Iraq.
The discussions at the Conference resulted in the issuance of a number of resolutions and recommendations, the most important of which were the establishment of a federation to comprise the chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture of the Arab Gulf States based in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the setting up of a committee comprising the directors of the federations and chambers that attended the conference to prepare a draft constitution for the federation and present it to the Second Conference which was scheduled to be held in the State of Kuwait.
At the Second Conference of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of the Gulf Arab states held in the State of Kuwait on 14 October 1979, the constitution of the Federation of the Gulf Chambers was approved and the establishment of the Federation was declared. The constitution of the Federation was signed by all the heads and members of the federations and chambers of the Gulf Arab states participating in this meeting and as a result, the federations and chambers of the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Iraq, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait became members of the Federation Council. After the invasion of the State of Kuwait by Iraq on 2 August 1990, the membership of the Republic of Iraq was terminated and the name of the Federation was changed to the Federation of the Gulf Cooperation Council Chambers (FGCCC).



Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry is one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the GCC Countries. Having been established in 1963, it used to operate within the structure of Government agencies until the promulgation of statute No. (11) Of 1990 which empowered the Chamber to operate independently. This enabled the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry to exercise a wide range of activities commensurate with national, regional and international developments and serve the commercial, industrial and agricultural interests of its participants in the private sector.



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