Qatargas has recently hosted its annual Contractor Forum at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The Forum brought together the Company’s key contractors under the theme ‘Partnering for Sustainable Growth’ with the main objective of supporting and developing the local market and encouraging two way communication.
The theme ‘Partnering for Sustainable Growth’ underlines the great value that Qatargas places on its partnership with suppliers and service providers who play a key role in its success. Launched two years ago, the Qatargas Contractor Forum brings together contractors and suppliers to share their experience and learning, benefiting them and Qatargas alike. The Forum also provides a unique opportunity for the suppliers and contractors to learn about future business opportunities, Qatargas expectations as well as strengthen mutual relationships for the benefit of the broader community.
Addressing the forum, Ahmad Helal Al Mohannadi, Qatargas Chief Operating Officer – Operations, said: “We have launched this Contractor Forum two years ago to reinforce the importance of two way communication and to strive for sustainable growth. This forum provides transparency as well as opportunity to our contractors to see our project plans and Qatargas expectations.”
“We reinforce our support to the local market, in line with the Emiri Decree and the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030. At the same time, we want to encourage healthy competition. Qatargas is committed towards its shareholders and customers, on Safety, quality and on-time delivery. Our success is directly linked to your commitment to make this happen, as partners. In order to sustain and strengthen in the current competitive market, we have to look for innovative solutions, technological breakthroughs, and cost-effective products and services. As an expert in your area, you can make great contributions to achieve this, stay competitive in the market, and maintain a win-win partnership,” he said.
Garry Looker, Chief Operating Officer – Finance, Qatargas, welcomed the participants to the Forum which was also attended by representatives from leading Qatari banks that directly contribute to the local market development. They included Qatar Development Bank, Qatar National Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Doha Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Masraf Al Rayan, Al Khaliji, Barwa Bank, Ahlibank and Qatar International Islamic Bank. Participation of the banking community was introduced to facilitate positive interactions with the contractors aimed at enhancing their financial capacity to successfully undertake projects.
Mr. Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Development Bank (QDB), delivered a speech highlighting the need for developing and supporting local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and participating in building a strong local SMEs sector in line with the QNV 2030.
The speeches and presentations during the Forum helped the participants understand more on several topics including Qatargas project plans, the Company’s initiative to ensure an Incident and Injury Free (IIF) workplace, Qatargas standards and expectations and the procurement process in Qatargas. During the break out session, the participants were given opportunity to raise any concern, questions, and clarifications from Qatargas. On the spot updates were given for invoice-related queries and status of invoices.
Over 600 people, representing several local contractors and suppliers attended the event.