Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
QCCI

Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1963 AD and continued to work as one of the governmental administrations until the issuance of law number 11 for 1990 AD granting the chamber an independence from the government to become a public benefit institution.

Despite the Chamber’s independence, members of the Board of Directors were appointed by virtue of a governmental decree until the issuance of law number 11 for 1996 AD stipulating that the choice of the Board of Directors’ members shall be made through direct election.

In April 1998 AD, the State of Qatar witnessed the first real democratic experience represented by the election of the 17 members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

On the fifth of May 2002 AD, the elections of the second session of the Chamber’s Board of Directors were held resulting in the election of a Board of Directors chaired by Mr. Muhammad Bin Khaled Al Manee.

On the fifteenth of May 2006 AD, the elections of the third session were held resulting in the election of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassem Bin Muhammad Al Thani, President of the Chamber; Mr. Abdel Aziz Al Amada, Vice President and Mr. Muhammad Bin Tawwar, Honorary Secretary of the Fund.

At the end of May 2010, the elections of the fourth session were held and the actual Board of Directors won.

Objectives of the Chamber
According to article 1 of law number 11 for 1990 AD, the Chamber aims to organize, represent and defend the commercial, industrial and agricultural interests; to work to promote them; to support and develop the economy and productivity authorities for the good of the country in general and the benefits of its members in particular.

Therefore, the Chamber’s role was defined through the objectives set by the law as follows:

  1. Organize the commercial, industrial and agricultural interests

  2. Represent and defend the Qatari private sector

  3. Promote and support the economy and productivity authorities In order for the Chamber to achieve its role, it was necessary that its competences, set by the law, enable it to do so; however, the Chamber continued to work as a consultancy party and its opinion was even disregarded.

The Chamber’s Competences:

Defined as follows:

  1. Provide the government with the required data, information and opinions related to the commercial, industrial and agricultural issues.

  2. Express opinion – in an advisory capacity – with respect to the establishment of stock exchanges; commercial, industrial and agricultural markets and fairs as well as the granting of franchising related to public utilities.

  3. Provide ministries and competent authorities with proposals concerning: commercial laws and regulations, customs tariff and any other issue in connection with the commerce and industry progress.

  4. Establish permanent fairs; commercial and industrial markets; schools and institutes.

  5. Arbitrate in disputes referred to it according to the stakeholders’ agreement.

  6. Adopt data and documents of individuals and commercial companies when applying for the commercial registration, renewing or amending it.

Objectives and Policies of the Board of Directors

• The precious guidance of His Highness Sheikh / Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani – the Emir –formed the basis on which the Board of Directors started to develop the Chamber’s performance. Accordingly, the main determinants of the Board of Directors policy are as follows:

  1. Restore confidence between the Chamber and its members

  2. Establish cooperation relationships and communication channels between the Chamber and its members 3) Restructure the Chamber and create new departments and administrations to accommodate the future aspirations and plans

  3. Organize the commercial and economic interests of the private sector

  4. Represent the Qatari private sector

  5. Work to promote and develop the Qatari private sector

  6. Support and develop the private sector and consolidate its relation with the foreign world. For more information about Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, please contact:

Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
P.O. Box: 402, Doha
Qatar
Tel : +974 - 44559111
Fax: +974 - 44661693/7
E-Mail : qcci@qatar.net.qa
URL: http://www.qatarchamber.com
General Manager: Mr. Reemi Rohani
Coordinator: Mr. Imad El-Din Mousa (IT Dept.)