Held under the auspices of the Qatari Ministry of Business and Trade, the event will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the regional SME sector and was inaugurated by keynote speeches by three al khaliji executives, H.E Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al-Thani, Chairman of the Board, Robin McCall, Group Chief Executive Officer and Mohamad Abdelkhalek, Group Head of Corporate and International Banking.
In his opening address, HE Sheikh Hamad not only focused on the importance of lending support to small and medium enterprises, but to the training of entrepreneurs themselves.
Young minds need help in development, and I encourage governments to include entrepreneurship skill-building classes at the high school level,” said H.E. Sheikh Hamad. “That would, of course, involve providing the right tools and training to teachers in order to lead such classes. Naturally, this would entail partnerships between regional countries’ respective education ministries with the educational institutions themselves.”
H.E Sheikh Hamad also had a few suggestions for instilling the spirit of entrepreneurship in young hopefuls. “Creativity in the classroom can inspire students to take an idea and go with it,” continued H.E. Sheikh Hamad. “For example, collaborating with local industries and business to mentor or lecture students about their respective fields can significantly motivate students to find their own footing. Career days – or similar initiatives – can also serve
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