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15 May 2013 | Adam Leach
Qatar Shell has met with more than 100 small businesses to share potential contracting opportunities to diversify its supply base.
During a ‘meet the buyer’ event last week, held in partnership with the Qatar Development Bank, the oil and gas company briefed local SMEs on how to participate in its tendering process, potential challenges they might face and the financing available to them. It also presented four upcoming contracts that are being put out to tender - personal protective equipment, heat exchanger tubing, manufacturing bolts and translation services - and encouraged relevant business to submit a bid.
Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman of Qatar Shell, said in a statement: “One area of focus is in the development of local content and SMEs, not just through sponsorship but actively providing business opportunities, and developing companies to achieve world-class standards to compete with global companies.”
Mansour Bin Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud, chief executive officer of Qatar Development Bank, said: “As Qatar moves to diversify its economy, developing a thriving private sector is an important priority and one that is integral to [our] mission. Qatar Shell not only shares [this] aspiration to develop a robust private sector but it has committed to present a number of business opportunities for local SMEs.”
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