EO Qatar Chapter to support country's economic growth

EO Qatar Chapter to support country's economic growth
Patrick Forbes, CEO and founder of Entrepreneurs Organisation
Published: 12 November 2014 - 1:30 a.m.
By: Kim Kemp

The Qatar Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) announced plans to support the government’s economic goals for diversification and growth.

This would be through SMEs and new business ventures, reported Gulf Times.

The 2014-15 plan was approved at a board meeting at the Qatari Businessmen Association office in Doha, but the process began two months ago with a strategy summit.

The plan focuses on three key priorities, which will be implemented in an annual plan to engage with government organisations such as Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Business Incubation Centre, Social Development and Enterprise Qatar, as well as provide entrepreneurs with more learning opportunities.

President of Entrepreneurs Organisation, Qatar, Patrick Forbes, stated that EO would enable this through drawing on its members’ experience to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, with the intent of playing a more involved role in Qatar. 

“We are focused on peer-to-peer learning and support, which is something no other organisation can provide. The government has set objectives for SME growth and our members are fully committed to playing a positive role and helping other entrepreneurs to succeed,” he said.

Strong membership growth has resulted from efforts to engage both Qatari and expat entrepreneurs, seeing an increase of 65% since June 2014, with EO Qatar vice president, Abdulsalam Abu Isa saying that the high calibre of members has been a key reason for new applications.

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