The first wave of prestigious Qatari and French corporations sponsoring the 5th Finance & Investment in Qatar Forum (5th Finance Forum) at the Intercontinental Hotel Paris on March 25-26, 2010 have been announced by joint organizers Qatar Expo and Grey Doha in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Under the patronage, and in the presence, of HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, 5th Finance Forum supporters are led by Host Sponsors BARWA, QIB, TOTAL and Qatari Diar; Gala Dinner Sponsor Qatar Airways; Principal Sponsor Qatar Petroleum; Signature Sponsor QMEDIA Decaux; Support Sponsor Qatar Tourism Authority, Participating Sponsors Ernst & Young, QAPCO,QPI and QAPCO, Networking Lunch Sponsor Credit Agricole, Souvenir Sponsor RasGas and Networking Sponsor Qatar Exchange/NYSE.
“We thank all sponsors for their support of the 5th Finance & Investment in Qatar Forum. Their participation in an event of national significance demonstrates each company’s commitment to the long-term economic prosperity of Qatar,” says 5th Finance Committee Member Mr. Karim Zarka.
Established in 1982, 5th Finance Forum Host Sponsor Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) was the first and is the leading Islamic bank in Qatar and the ranks among world’s five-largest Islamic banks. Holding a 51.4% share of the local Islamic banking market, QIB operates 23 branches and 91 ATMs in Qatar and boasts international investment operations in Lebanon, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Bahrain and Yemen.
5th Finance Forum Host Sponsor TOTAL (www.total.com) is the fifth largest publicly-traded oil and gas company in the world with operations in more than 130 countries including Qatar and France.
Host Sponsors BARWA and Qatari Diar are joint venture partners entrusted with realising Qatar’s vision for a beautiful built environment, new sustainable communities and developments which catch the imagination of a world audience. Signature projects include the new Doha Convention Centre and Tower and the giant Barwa Al Khor and Lusail projects in Qatar, and in Europe four commercial properties in the heart of Paris and the iconic Bramah Chelsea in London.
“Delegates and sponsors are being attracted to the 5th Finance & Investment in Qatar Forum by an agenda focusing on Qatar’s main foreign investment sectors - Energy, Finance and Insurance, Infrastructure and Real Estate, Healthcare, Education, Environment, Sports and Tourism,” explains Karim Zarka.
Gala dinner guests expecting the finest food and service will be delighted to know that Qatar Airways, the world’s 5-star airline and well known for offering first class food and service, are the 5th Finance Forum Gala Dinner Sponsors. Boasting one of the youngest and most modern fleet of aircraft of any major airline, Qatar Airways expansion is phenomenal with 78 aircraft currently in operation and ongoing orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$30 billion.
Qatar’s largest company, 5th Finance Forum Principal Sponsor Qatar Petroleum (www.qp.com.qa) is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in Qatar. Capitalizing on Qatar’s huge reserves of natural gas, Qatar Petroleum’s principal activities cover exploration, drilling production, storage and transport and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas, gas-to-liquids, refined products, petrochemicals and fertilizers, helicopter and financing services.
One of the leading energy providers in the world, 5th Finance Forum Principal Sponsor GDF SUEZ (www.gdfsuez.com) is active across the entire energy value chain, in electricity and natural gas, upstream to downstream. Employing 200,000 people worldwide and achieving revenues of €83.1 billion in 2008, GDF Suez is currently constructing RAS Laffan C, the largest power and water plant in the country, providing 2,730 MW of electricity and more than 286,000 m³ desalinated water per day.
Founded in 2004 with a vision to provide the most innovative and efficient media tools for premium audience delivery, 5th Finance Forum Signature Sponsor Q-Media joined forces with JCDecaux in 2008 to combine the knowledge and expertise of this leading global street furniture company with unprecedented understanding of the media market in Qatar and the region.
5th Finance Forum Support Sponsor Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) (www.qatartourism.gov.qa) is the driving force behind Qatar’s booming business, leisure and sports tourism sector. Also sponsoring the Forum Show Bag and delegate lanyards, QTA has selected the 5th Finance Forum – one of Europe’s highest profile investment gatherings - as the platform to promote Qatar to an influential audience of international decision makers.
Many prominent French and Qatari political and business figures will attend the Forum. Joining HH The Prime Minister of Qatar on the provisional speakers list are The Prime Minister of France HE Mr. Francois Fillon, five Government Ministers, and more than 30 Chairmen, CEOs and Presidents of major global corporations.
“In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Embassy in Qatar and Qatar Embassy in France, the 5th Finance & Investment in Qatar Forum is an event of immense national importance and pride for the State of Qatar and as such we look forward to announcing more high profile sponsors in the near future,” adds Karim Zarka.
5th Finance Forum Participating and Coffee Break Sponsor Ernst & Young (ey.com) has a long and proud history in the region. Employing 4,200 staff in 20 Middle East offices, the company helps clients compete more effectively in the Asset Management, Banking & Capital Markets, Biotechnology, Consumer Products, Government & Public Sector, Insurance, Islamic Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, Real Estate, Technology and Telecommunications markets.
Highlighting the growing importance of Qatar’s financial sector will be 5th Finance Forum Networking Lunch Sponsor Qatar Exchange/NYSE. Established in June 2009 to replace the Doha Securities Market, the Qatar Exchange is a strategic partnership with NYSE Euronext whose 43 listed companies achieved an overall market capitalisation of QR335.9 billion (US$94 billion) at the end of Q3 2009.
5th Finance Forum Networking Lunch Sponsor Crédit Agricole is the leading French banking and finance group, boasting a 28% market share of France's retail banking customers. Ranked No. 1 in France, No. 3 in Europe and No. 9 worldwide by equity, Credit Agricole boasts 58 million retail customers and a banking network comprising 11,850 branches in over 20 countries.
Qatar Petroleum International (QPI), 5TH Finance Forum Participating Sponsor, engages in the development and production of ethylene. A subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum, QPI also develops a crude oil refinery in the Republic of Panama and other overseas operations in Vietnam and Singapore.
5TH Finance Forum Strategic Partner Qatari Businessmen Association (www.qatarbusinessmen.org) plays a vital role in the activities and services to benefit the local business community. Its’ most significant activities include business consulting, business development and creating alliances to achieve economic prosperity and project Qatar’s economic status internationally.
Ensuring Qatar’s rise to prominence as a gas producing and exporting nation has been 5th Finance Forum Souvenir Sponsor RasGas (www.rasgas.com). The inauguration of RasGas' fifth natural gas liquefaction train in 2007 put Qatar in a position of undisputed leadership in world LNG, taking the nation's combined nameplate LNG production capacity to 30.7 million tonnes per annum.
Ensuring the 5th Finance Forum receives TV and print coverage on two continents will be Media Partners CNBC Europe, CNBC Arabiya and France 24.
Launched in 2006, FRANCE 24 is the new 24/7 international news channel whose mission is to cover international current events from a French perspective and to convey French values throughout the world. CNBC Europe is a business and financial news television channel, the pan-European sister station of CNBC, broadcasting to over 100 million households from its London headquarters. CNBC Arabiya is the only 24-hour Arabic language financial and business information television channel, covering regional and international affairs from an Arab economic perspective.
“In addition to the generosity of our sponsors, the success of the 5th Finance Forum will be greatly helped by the support of Media Partners CNBC Arabiya, CNBC Europe and France 24, as well as other local media organizations such as Al Jazeera and the Qatar News Agency,” confirms Karim Zarka.
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